CERT: Community Emergency Response Team

A good way to get active in preparedness, learn some skills, and meet other people interested in community preparedness is to join your local CERT team.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. CERT teams are promoted by the United States Citizen Corps and sponsored by local governments -- often an emergency management agency or fire department.

To learn more about CERT, see:, or contact your local emergency management agency.

There is also an
online forum about CERT at