The Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program
teaches people to be better prepared to respond to emergency
situations in their communities. CERT educates local
volunteers about disaster preparedness and trains them in
basic skills, such as fire safety, light
search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.
When emergencies happen, CERT members can provide
immediate assistance to victims. Using their training, CERT members can assist others
in their neighborhood or workplace following an event.
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.
Over the next two years, the federal CERT program aims to
double the number of national participants, with over
400,000 individuals completing the 20 plus hours of
The program is administered locally by the Custer County
Office of Emergency Management and nationally by the
Department of Homeland Security.