Community Emergency Response Team training is a Federal Emergency
Management Agency program that educates
citizens about the hazards they face in their community and trains them
in lifesaving skills. If needed following a disaster, these
citizen-responders use their training as part of a neighborhood or
workplace team to help others when professional responders
are overwhelmed or not immediately available. CERT members provide
immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize
spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect
disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders
with prioritization and allocation of resources when they arrive.
CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference.CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.