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. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.
- Learn about the hazards most likely to affect your community and their appropriate responses.
- Take classes in lifesaving skills, such as CPR/AED and first aid, or in emergency response, such as CERT.
- Help organize a neighborhood comminication plan or calling tree.
- Check in with neighbors to see how you can help each other out before and after a storm.
- If you have a disability, plan ahead for accessible transportation that you may need for evacuation or getting to a medical clinic. Work with local services, public transportation or paratransit to identify accessible transportation options.
More Community Preparedness Links
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) - Every community has voluntary organizations that work during disasters. Visit the VOAD website to see what organizations are active in your community.
- Youth Preparedness - Find youth volunteer and training opportunities to help your community
- National Safety Council