The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities.
When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management or FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI). CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations and light search and rescue operations.
The CERT Team receives additional training in first aid, disaster response, search and rescue techniques and much more.
If you are interested in gathering additional information regarding these program, please contact our Office of Emergency Management at 817-276-4782.