Welcome to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) webpage. Here you can find information about the CERT program and its history, read and download training materials to help you start and maintain a program, log-in to make updates to your program’s online profile, locate CERT programs throughout the country, and read stories and watch webinars about CERT teams, managers, and volunteers helping their communities and strengthening their programs. You can also take the IS-317 course, which is an introduction to the CERT curriculum.
CERT trains and organizes teams of volunteers that provide assistance to their communities before, during, and after disasters. CERT volunteers help others following disasters when professional responders are not immediately available to help, and supplement and support the efforts of professional responders upon their arrival. Volunteers also support emergency response agencies by organizing and participating in local preparedness projects and initiatives. The CERT program educates participants about how to prepare for hazards that may impact their communities and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.