The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program 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
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, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical
operations, and light search and rescue operations.
Over the next two years, the CERT program aims
to double the number of participants, with over 400,000
individuals completing the 20 plus hours of training.
Train-the-Trainer sessions will be held in all 56 states and
territories over the next year to expand the program throughout
the United States.