Teen Community Emergency Response Team

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This page  provides an overview of the Teen CERT program. In addition to addressing frequently asked questions, this page also includes several resources for download for users interested in learning more about Teen CERT or starting a program of their own. Resources include the Teen CERT Annex to the basic CERT training and a guide for launching and maintaining a Teen CERT program.

Are You Ready To...

  • Learn about the hazards in your area?
  • Help others in the event of a disaster?
  • Be a leader in your school?

Teen CERT members answer, "Yes!" and here is why: Teen CERT training teaches you readiness and response skills. Hands-on practice and realistic exercises prepare you for the unexpected in your community. Newly learned leadership skills empower you to safely respond to an emergency and assist victims without endangering yourself or others. You'll be equipped with skills that last a lifetime.

Are you ready?

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long is the training?
The curriculum takes approximately 20-30 hours to cover in its current form. However, an additional 8 hours will be required if the school will offer certification in CPR, First Aid and AED.

Q: Who delivers the training?
Lead instructors should be CERT certified instructors. Staff to consider as trainers include school resource officers, emergency managers, police, fire and EMS personnel, nurses, teachers, physical education teachers, counselors and other disaster relief professionals.

Teen CERT Resources

For local CERT program managers and others who want to establish and maintain CERT training for teens, there are a number of tools at your disposal. Explore the links below for more information.


On May 18, 2012, Rachel Jacky, FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) National Director, took part in a webinar on CERT training for teens. This webinar was hosted by the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center in the U.S. Department of Education. View the recording of this webinar to hear FEMA and its partners present on this important topic!


Last Updated: 
02/23/2015 - 09:24
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