Become a CERT Volunteer!
Be Part of an Organized Team Trained to
Protect & Save Families & Communities
To become a CERT member you must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license.
If you want to volunteer your services and become trained to protect yourself and families from disasters; natural or man-made… Become a CERT member Today!
For more information, contact:
Don Weger, Atlantic County Office of Emergency Management
(609) 407-6764 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or register on-line:
Community Emergency Response Teams or CERT, is a concept developed in 1985 by the Los Angeles Fire Department. They recognized that citizens would very likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster. Accordingly, the LAFD decided that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive until emergency personnel could arrive. Thus, CERT teams were created to provide vital services in the absence of emergency responders. Today, more than 38 states and several foreign countries have instituted the CERT system.
The events of September 11 will never be forgotten; also not forgotten is how the spirit of America was awakened that day and citizens came forth to volunteer their services. President George W. Bush harnessed this spirit of volunteerism with the Citizen Corps program. CERT is a part of the Citizen Corps Program.
The CERT training consists of a minimum of 20 hours of instruction. Classes are taught by emergency responders, including firefighters, emergency medical and law enforcement personnel from your community.
The course includes the following:
Introduction to disasters specific to the community, and the impact of disaster on infrastructure.
Identify and reducing potential fire hazards and basic fire suppression
Treatment strategies for life-threatening conditions and principles of triage.
Head-to-toe patient assessment and treatment for various injuries.
Techniques for sizing up and searching, lifting, cribbing and removing victims; rescue safety.
The post disaster emotional environment will be discussed. CERT organization, decision making and documentation.
A brief overview of terrorism weapons. Identifying targets in an area and discuss time/distance/shielding.
Disaster Simulation realistic to your community.
CERTS have been used to:
Information obtained from Federal Emergency Management Agency & New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management.