CERT is a critical program in the effort to engage everyone in America in making their communities safer, prepared, and more resilient when incidents occur.
“While emergency services personnel are the best trained and equipped to handle emergencies, they may not be immediately available in a catastrophic disaster. In such a situation, members of the community may be on their own for several days or longer. They may have to rely on their own resources for food, water, first aid, and shelter…” [Community Emergency Response Team Basic Training Participant Manual, January 2011]
When a major disaster occurs, do you have food, water, shelter, etc. for 72 hours for all of your family members (including pets)? Do you know how to turn off utilities safely? Are you equipped for basic first aid? Do you know what to do to assist neighbors and the community?
Following a major incident, emergency personnel will not be able to reach everyone right away! By being trained as a CERT team member you will have the skills to help responders to save lives and protect property.
Joining the CERT Team
As a member of a CERT team, you can respond to disasters, participate in drills and exercises, and receive ongoing training. CERT teams are known and trusted resources to emergency responders and their communities.