Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program that prepares citizen volunteers to respond to emergency situations that may affect our community. CERT members are trained to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours following a major emergency incident and can provide support to professional first respondents. They provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site.
CERT members are considered Good Samaritans and are covered under the Volunteer Protection Act. CERT volunteers do not have any authority beyond serving as a Good Samaritan when helping others.
The CERT class consists of nine units over eight weeks, covering Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Emergency Medical Operations, Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology, CERT Organization and Terrorism. It ends with a Disaster Day exercise in which CERT members get to put their newly learned skills to the test in a real-life scenario.