What is Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)?

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community. The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, small fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue operations.

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1. What is Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)?
2. Why take the CERT training?
3. How do CERT members maintain their skills?
4. What if I want to do more than just the basic training?
5. When and how did CERT start?