Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

You Can't Predict, But You Can Prepare!

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates citizens about emergency preparedness and trains them in basic emergency response skills that can be used at home, in the community, at work or anyplace an emergency may occur. CERT members:

  • Promote emergency preparedness
  • Provide immediate assistance to victims until emergency responders arrive
  • Give critical support to first responders
  • Provide help in the immediate period follow an emergency

This program enables individuals to help their families, neighbors and colleagues prepare for, respond to and recover within their neighborhood and our community.

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If any emergency threatens or occurs, do you...

  • Know how to turn off the gas?
  • Know how to safety turn off the power?
  • Know how to administer first aid?
  • Know what actions to take to survive an active shooter situation?
  • Have provisions for living outside your home for a length of time if the structure is compromised or you must evacuate?
  • Have enough supplies, including water, to sustain your family and pets for up to three weeks in a major event?
  • Have enough of the right supplies to survive at your workplace or in your automobile if needed?

Related Documents

Forms

  • Damage Assessment Form (PDF)
    Each volunteer gathers information as they travel from their home en route to the incident command site.
  • Personnel Resources Form (PDF)
    Responsibility: Incident commander/scribe. This form is used to keep track of all volunteer personnel on scene, including arrival and departure times. This is the personnel accountability form.
  • Incident Command Log (PDF)
    Responsibility: Incident commander, who may also be the scribe. Keep track of major events, assignments, official communication to 911, Emergency Operations Center (EOC), other significant calls (i.e. to Animal Control). This form may be used in very large incidents or with very large teams.
  • Patient Assessment Form (PDF)
    Responsibility: Treatment area CERT volunteers. Every patient is assessed; this form is completed and maintained as the patient’s condition changes. At some point, we may have actual tags to place on the patient. In the meantime, this form will be used to maintain patient information.
  • Treatment Area Log (PDF) 
    Responsibility: Treatment area leader. Patient assessment forms are kept on every patient including those tagged as green. Treatment Area Leader maintains a log of major events as needed. The log is a summary of what happens in the treatment area.
  • Situation Report (PDF)
    When CERT is activated, 911 is notified first. The EOC is notified immediately afterward. This form summarizes the information required by the EOC as the situation develops.