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Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Leaders and Members of the community trained to help neighbors in a disaster. This group in intended for sharing ideas, best practices, training courses, leadership tips and more.

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Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Members of the community trained to help neighbors in a disaster. This group in intended for sharing ideas about how to form a team, training, disaster preparedness issues, disaster mitigation & other issues.

What is CERT and why is there a need?

Each year, many communities are rocked by severe weather such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or flash floods, winter storms, earthquakes, firestorms, volcanoes (etc) or “man-made” disasters.

The damage caused by such disasters effect everyone. Disasters:

* Can severely restrict and overwhelm emergency response resources, communications, transportation and utilities; and
* Can leave neighborhoods and individuals cut off from the outside emergency support.

What if this happens to you?

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are trained to take care of themselves and then help others in their communities for the first three days following a disaster. This is when debris clogged or damaged roads, disrupted communications or a high volume of calls may prevent access by emergency response personnel. The 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 of people after a disaster, while protecting yourself from becoming a victim.

What does the course involve?

The CERT Course consists of 24 hours of training. Classes are taught by emergency medical and law enforcement personnel. The course agenda includes: DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS, CERT ORGANIZATION, DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY, TERRORISM AND CERT.

Objectives of the course.
* Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities
* Describe the function of CERT and their roles in immediate response.
* Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster.
* Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplaces.
* Works as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid.
* Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock.
* Conduct triage under simulated conditions.
* Perform head to toe assessments
* Select and set up a treatment area.
* Employ basic treatments for various wounds
* Use planning and size up requirements for potential search and rescue operations.
* Describe the most common techniques for shoring a structure.
* Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
* Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.
* Define terrorism and identify CERT procedures during an incident.

Contact your local Fire or Police Department for a C.E.R.T. training class in your community or visit

Discussion Forum

New CERT and Citizen Corps website coming soon

Started by Janet Liebsch Nov 30, 2017. 0 Replies

According to CERT Buzz, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and Citizen Corps Councils are getting a new and improved…Continue

Tags: coming, soon, new, website, CERT

CERT webinars

Started by Janet Liebsch Nov 29, 2017. 0 Replies

There are over a dozen CERT webinars on's site (along with a bunch of other webinars on preparedness topics for families, houses of worship, seniors, etc.) so sharing link here in case…Continue

Tags: response, team, emergency, community, webinar

CERT Tools for Leadership Success

Started by Janet Liebsch Apr 25, 2017. 0 Replies

FEMA has several…Continue

Tags: leaders, team, leadership, materials, CERT

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Comment by Tony Thomas on November 16, 2012 at 5:41am

Welcome to the group Larry. Looking forward to reading about your chapter.

Comment by Larry Walton on November 16, 2012 at 4:40am

I am am a Team Member and Instructor Hesperia CERT in Hesperia, CA.

Comment by Willie MIlls on February 6, 2012 at 4:57pm

Hi everyone. Im a Dist. Leaison, part of the training committee, and part of the CERT Bord with Jonson County Olathe KS CERT team. Im an EMR, EMR instructor with ARC, and ECSI. CERT is a great progrm.

Comment by Brad Dinwiddie on January 18, 2009 at 4:36pm

I am the captin of a k9 CERT in VA. We are trying to network so we can go outside VA. We are the biggest K9 team in VA

Comment by Dennis on June 13, 2008 at 1:06pm
glad to see CERT here im a team leader here on long island of CERT Suffolk County Cert only does pet friendly shelters here we would like to expand to do more any ideas please let me know thanks Dennis be safe all
Comment by Rozier on May 8, 2008 at 1:20am
Thanks for the add. I am a team member and instructor with the Calhoun County EMA CERT in Calhoun County, Alabama.

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