This Program is an opportunity for citizens to get involved and help their community in time of need. We know that major disasters can have catastrophic results and sometimes first responders who provide police, fire and emergency medical services are not able to immediately meet the need for these services. Often people ask what they can do to help during these critical incidents.
The CERT Program provides training to citizens in emergency preparedness and in basic response techniques thus enabling them to take a more active role in personal and public safety. Citizens will learn about the hazards they face in their community. Then after training is completed, they will use their training as part of a neighborhood or workplace team to help others when professional responders are overwhelmed and not immediately available.
Training consists of a 20 hour course that covers disaster preparedness, fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, terrorism and disaster psychology.
CERT members can also volunteer for special projects that improve the community's preparedness. To find out more about plans for CERT in your community, contact your local Emergency Management Coordinator.
To learn more about CERT go to the following website: http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams/.