IS-317.A: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Team (CERTs)

Course Overview

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates individuals about disaster preparedness and trains and organizes teams of volunteers that can support their communities during disasters. The CERT Program offers training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. With proper CERT training, you can help protect your family, neighbors, and co-workers if a disaster occurs.

This course is an Independent Study course that serves as an introduction to CERT for those interested in completing the basic CERT training or as a refresher for current team members. The course includes six modules: CERT Basics, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material, and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations, and Search and Rescue, and Course Summary. While the course is useful as a primer or refresher for CERT training, it is not equivalent to, and cannot be used in place of, the classroom delivery of the CERT Basic Training.

To become a CERT volunteer, one must complete the classroom training offered by a local government agency such as the emergency management agency, fire or police department. Contact your local emergency manager to learn about the local education and training opportunities available to you. Let this person know about your interest in taking CERT training.

Course Objectives:

  • Define and describe the CERT program.
  • Identify ways a CERT helps national resilience.
  • Identify ways CERT members can help their community.
  • List CERT member roles and responsibilities.
  • Identify the benefits of being a CERT member.
  • List components of the CERT training program.
  • Primary Audience
  • Prospective CERT members





Course Length:

2 hours

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