The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.
When a disaster strikes, emergency resources will be stretched to the limit. By training community members to prepare for emergency situations, we can relieve some of the burden placed on our first responders during a crisis. Through baisc first aid, crowd and traffic control, and light search and rescue, CERT is an important component to ensuring public safety.
Remember to always ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your immediate area first.
To prepare members of our community to assist in the event of an emergency, and provide a mechanism for volunteers to help when they are needed.