When a large-scale disaster strikes, professional responders may not be immediately available to help. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to assist with emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members may also aid with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community.
East County CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as:
Light Search & Rescue
Disaster Medical Operations
Using the training learned in the classroom and during hands on exercises, CERT volunteers work in teams as part of the overall coordinated response, in order to assist others in their community following a disaster.
Interested in joining the team? The next training academy begins Saturday, March 23rd. Click here for information on how you can get involved.