Community Emergency Response Team
If a disaster or terrorism incident occurs in your community, local government and local responders try to help you, but you need to be prepared as well.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) consist of citizens who are trained to take care of themselves and their families first, then help others in their community immediately following disasters.
The program is offered to citizens who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to disasters. The program consists of 32 hours of training typically held over nine weeks. Classes are taught by emergency responders from our community.
If you would like to attend the next CERT Basic Training we would love to have you! Please monitor this page, or any of NC Emergency Management's social media accounts, for announcements regarding our next Basic Training Course.
Next CERT Basic Training:
Dates and Times: TBD
Point of contact:
NC Emergency Management
Registration: Currently Closed
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) consist of citizens who are trained to take care of themselves, and their families first, and then help others in their communities in the immediate few days following a disaster.
The CERT Basic Training includes research-validated guidance for what to do before, during, and after the hazards our community may face. The program educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our area, training you in basic disaster response skills such as:
- fire safety
- light search and rescue
- team organization
- disaster medical operations using local professionals and emergency responders as instructors
Training will take 9 weeks to accomplish, being held on weekday evenings beginning at 6:00 pm and lasting a couple hours each night. The last class will be a course summary with a capstone exercise. This will last all day and be held on a Saturday. Anyone is encouraged to take the CERT Basic Training, and every reasonable accommodation will be made to ensure community members learn these potentially lifesaving skills.