Community Emergency Response Team
Local government prepares for everyday
emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope
of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk,
all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help
you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood
in an emergency situation.
CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster
situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their
actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others
in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is
to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing
themselves in unnecessary danger. In the CERT training, citizens
- Manage utilities and put out small fires,
- Treat the three medical killers by opening airways,
- Controlling bleeding, and treating for shock,
- Provide basic medical aid,
- Search for and rescue victims safely,
- Organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers
to be effective,
- And collect disaster intelligence to support
first responder efforts.
If available, emergency personnel are
the best trained and equipped to handle emergencies and you should
use them. However, following a catastrophic disaster, you and
the community may be on your own for a period of time because
of the size of the area affected, lost communications, and impassable
CERT training is designed to prepare you to help
yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic
disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able
to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using
this training to save lives and protect property.
This training covers basic skills that are important
to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available.
You will want to help. With training and practice and by working
as a team, you will be able to do the greatest good for the greatest
number after the disaster, while protecting yourself from becoming
For more information on CERT and training, contact the community-policing
bureau @ 201-939-9101.