Community Emergency Response Team Program

This FEMA program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may occur where they live.

Basic Training Weekend

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Weekend is designed educate and empower community members to a more active role in personal and public safety. In the aftermath of a disaster, professional responders are often spread thin. CERT trained community members help us fill the gap by giving you the knowledge and skills to prepare your families and respond to the needs of your neighbors. The 20-hour class is delivered over a weekend. Friday evenings, all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. Download schedule here. There is no continued volunteer commitment with this class. Our CERT Basic Training is designed to be train & release public education. However, it does open up further volunteer opportunities.

CERT Basic trains volunteers in basic disaster response skills, such as:

2023 CERT Basic Training SCHEDULE

CERT Downloads

Advanced CERT Volunteer Team

Graduates of the CERT Basic Training Weekend can elect to sign-up for our Advanced Team. Advanced CERT members are required to complete additional training and submit to a background check to qualify for team membership.  Advanced CERT Team members receive additional training to fill specific emergency roles within a response to a disaster. These roles include, Damage Assessment, Volunteer Reception Center, Generators & Lighting, Public Outreach, Canvassing, Multi-Agency Resource Center Support, Wide Area Search, Shelter support, Incident Command Post support, Logistics, First Aid, and more. The Advanced CERT Team is still in its infancy.  If you are a CERT Basic Training Weekend Graduate -OR- You were a member of our previous CERT Team. You can apply here: