What is CERT?
CERT Training, or Community Emergency Response Team Basic Training is designed to prepare you with basic skills to help yourself and others in the event of a catastrophic disaster. The concept was developed by the City of Los Angles Fire Department in 1985. They recognized citizens would very likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster. Following a catastrophic disaster emergency services are likely to be overwhelmed and unavailable due to the number of people affected, non-passable roads, and lost communications. Following the events of September 11, 2001, Citizen Corps was launched as a grassroots strategy to strength community safety and preparedness through increased civic participation. Since then, the importance of preparedness education and training has become increasingly recognized as critical to successful community preparedness and resilience. In 2003 President Bush asked all Americans to volunteer in the service of their country. By completing the CERT Basic Training course, practicing survival skills, and by working as a team, you will be better able to protect yourself and do the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Food, water, first aid, and shelter become issues in the critical hours following of disaster. CERT Training is the national standard for Civilian Community Preparedness Training. It is a program of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The CERT Training material is available for free online, but the class material is best learned by taking an in-person training through your local government first responder agency. Having a disaster preparedness kit is good, but knowing what to expect and how to respond is even better.