Community Emergency Response Team


Responsibilities and Services

CERT is an integral part of Citizen Corps, the grass-roots movement that actively involves every one in making our communities and our nation safer, stronger, and better prepared.

All over America, communities have organized Citizen Corps Councils to inspire people to take action and get involved. Citizen Corps has information about CERT and other programs in your area.

No matter where you live, no matter who you are, we all have a role in hometown preparedness. What role will YOU play?

CERT Training Benefits

CERT training takes about 20 hours to complete and provides critical skills in emergency preparedness and response.

Participants Learn How to:

  • Identify & anticipate hazards
  • Reduce fire hazards in the home & workplace
  • Extinguish small fires
  • Assist emergency responders
  • Conduct light search & rescue
  • Set up medical treatment areas
  • Apply basic medical techniques
  • Help reduce survivor stress

Who should take CERT training?

  • People interested in taking an active role in hometown preparedness
  • Neighborhood Watch groups
  • Community leaders
  • Parents
  • Communities of faith
  • Scouting & youth organizations
  • Students, teachers, and administrators
  • Members of clubs & civic organizations