What is CERT?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, a component of the Department of Homeland Security, has promoted the use of the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) since 1994. Created by the Los Angeles Fire Department, CERTs are designed to help out when first responders are overwhelmed by an incident and unable to respond to all of the needs of the community.
CERT training promotes the partnerships between emergency services and the public. The goal is to train citizens in basic response skills.
In the event a disaster overwhelms a community, CERT members can assist others by applying the skills they learn in training. This training can save lives and property when first responders cannot get to the victims quickly enough.
CERT members maintain and refine their skills through ongoing training and exercises We are partnering with the American Red Cross to give CERT members advanced First Aid, CPR and AED training. CERT members also may be invited to participate in on-campus or area regional disaster exercises and drills.