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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

What is CERT?


CERT training provides citizens with an opportunity to learn basic emergency response skills to assist themselves, their friends and family, and/or their neighborhoods in case of an emergency.

This program is one of four outreach programs under President Bush's Citizen Corps initiative, created after the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

The Citizen Corps mission "is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds." CERT Training will truly help you be prepared.

What will I learn?

  • The types of hazards most likely to affect your home and community
  • The function of CERT and your role in the immediate response
  • How to take steps to prepare for a disaster
  • How to identify and reduce potential fire hazards in your home and workplace
  • How to extinguish a small fire
  • How to apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock
  • How to conduct triage under simulated conditions
  • How to perform head-to-toe assessments
  • How to select and set up a treatment area
  • How to employ basic treatments for various wounds
  • How to identify, plan, and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations
  • The most common techniques for searching a structure
  • How to use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication
  • Ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue

Sign up for a CERT class!