Community Emergency Response Team


What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an official emergency preparedness program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The goal of the CERT program is to educate volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and train them in basic disaster response skills. During an incident, emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property.

CERT’s important functions include emergency planning, coordinating with other agencies, developing tabletop exercises, reviewing disaster plans, and enhancing communication. As a CERT member, you will help prepare the City of Laurel for all types of emergencies through training, outreach, and much more. During an incident, CERT members play a key role in emergency response by helping victims who cannot be immediately treated by professionals. Such response may include providing first aid, managing spontaneous volunteers, or distributing emergency supplies throughout the community. 

It is crucial that all volunteers are properly trained to do what is asked of them to avoid placing themselves or others in additional danger. To help ensure the safety of CERT members volunteers attend many different types of emergency management training. Volunteers can be trained in basic fire suppression, first aid, search & rescue, and disaster preparedness.  In addition to using skills learned in CERT training during emergencies, volunteers will be able to use their preparedness training in their home and workplace to help others prepare for emergencies. While CERT members are crucial to community response, it is important to remember that CERT members are not professional emergency responders, and they only respond to situations where professionals are unable to immediately respond to those who need help.

What Does CERT Training Cover? 

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • Physical Assessment and First Aid
  • Medical Area Set-up and Triage
  • Fire Suppression
  • Situational Awareness  
  • Utility Control and Shut Off
  • Disaster Psychology and Stress
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Final Disaster Training Exercise

Who Should Take CERT? 

  • Citizens 
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Service and Civic clubs
  • Community Leaders
  • Parents, Students, Teachers, Administrators
  • Scouting, Explorer and other youth groups (i.e. Teen CERT)
  • Anybody who cares about their community

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