What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train citizens to be better prepared and respond to emergency situations.
When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide much needed assistance to victims, and organize local volunteers at a disaster site.
CERT members can also help with non- emergency projects and public service events that help improve the safety of the community.
What is the role of CERT in an emergency?
- Search for lost children
- Staff Emergency Operations Centers
- Provide traffic control
- Assisting with the elderly or disabled
- Support emergency communications
- Staff emergency shelters, visitor and call stations.
- Provide first aid and assist first responders
- Manage community volunteers
• Assist Red Cross with disaster relief
- Help with resources and restoration
How Can I Join CERT?
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- Be willing to volunteer.
- Be willing to learn new things.
- Be able to support your community.
Once you volunteer and become CERT trained, you will have the skills to help protect your family and support your community.
What will I Learn?
CERT training is taught by community instructors from emergency first responders, law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel. You will learn:
- Disaster Preparedness
- Disaster Fire Suppression
- Disaster Medical Operations
- Light Search & Rescue Operations
- Disaster Team Organization
CERT students will be able to:
- Identify and understand types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities.
- Take steps to prepare themselves for emergencies and disasters.
- Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in the home and workplace.
- Apply basic fire suppression techniques, and strategies, to
extinguish different types of fires
- Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock.
- Conduct medical emergency triage • Select and set up treatment areas.
- Identify size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
- Understand basic techniques for structure and area searches
- Practice safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
- Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.
Be part of the team organized to protect families and save communities during emergencies. Become part of an organized and trained group of volunteers.