Each year, many communities are rocked by severe weather, such as tornadoes, floods or flash floods, winter storms, or by man-made disasters. The damage caused by such disasters affect everyone.
severely restrict and overwhelm emergency response resources, communications, transportation and utilities; and
leave neighborhoods cut off from outside emergency support.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are trained to take care of themselves and then help others in their communities for the first three days following a disaster.
This is when debris-clogged or damaged roads, disrupted communications, or high volume of calls may prevent access by emergency response personnel.
The purpose of CERT training is to provide citizens with the basic skills required to handle virtually all their own needs and then to be able to respond to their communities needs in the aftermath of a disaster.