CERT training promotes partnership between emergency responders in a community and its residents by providing them the knowledge and skills that can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until first responders arrive. Emergency personnel will train residents on basic disaster response skills; CERT-trained members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area.
If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying their basic response and organizational skills until the first responders arrive. CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises, refresher and advanced training. Members can also volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.