Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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.

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CERT Teaching

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 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI).


CERT training includes:

  • Basic disaster medical operations
  • Disaster fire suppression
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Light search and rescue operations

Learn more by visiting the CERT website.