Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
CERT Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using the 24 hours of training in this class to save lives and protect property.
This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice and by working as a team, you will be able to do the greatest good for the greatest number after a disaster, while protecting yourself from becoming a victim.
Watch the video below of CERT participants in action at a Countywide training drill held on October 26, 2019.
CERT Training and Volunteer Opportunities
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long is the training?
A: The Basic CERT National Training takes a total of 20-24 hours.
Q: What is included in the training?
A: The training consists of nine units; each unit has goals and learning objectives. The units teach you to keep yourself safe while helping others; to identify and anticipate hazards; reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace; use fire extinguishers to put out small fires; assist emergency responders; conduct light search and rescue; set up medical treatment areas; apply basic first aid techniques and help reduce survivor stress. At the end of the course, you'll participate in a disaster drill to reinforce the skills you learn in the training.
Q: Why should I join?
A: In 95% of all emergencies, the victim or a bystander provides the first immediate assistance. Joining a CERT teaches you how to respond when others look to you for help. You'll learn life skills, fulfill community service requirements, give back to the community, develop leadership skills and help make your community safer.
Q: What will I contribute to my community as a CERT member?
A: As a trained member, you can help when there is an emergency and support other activities within the community. You can address safety issues, provide peer mentoring, participate in disaster drills and exercises, assist in preparedness outreach, present fire safety education and teach home safety.
Q: Is it safe?
A: This training is about learning to respond safely and responsibly. You will be outfitted in all necessary safety gear and educated on proper safety procedures. Volunteers are taught and constantly reminded that rescuer safety is the most important thing for CERT members. (You cannot help others if you hurt yourself!) The intent is not to expose you to additional risk; rather, it is to provide you with proper training so you are safely able to help victims during an event when professional responders may be delayed. There are many ways to aid first responders in the aftermath of a disaster. CERT teaches you skill sets that you can apply to help yourself, your family, your neighbors and your community after a disaster strikes.