Course Detail: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the 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. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. The CERT program was designed as a grassroots initiative and specifically structured sothat the local and state program managers have the flexibility to form their programs in the way that best suits their communities. CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during non-emergency events as well.

FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team Program trains volunteers to prepare forthe types of disasters that their community may face. Through hands-on practice andrealistic exercises, CERT members:

> Learn how to safely respond to manmade and natural hazards
> Help organize basic disaster response
> Promote preparedness by hosting and participating in community events

Available Sessions

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