The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and first aid operations.
The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs. CERT became a national program in 1993. There are now CERT programs in all 50 states, including many tribal nations and U.S. territories. Each is unique to its community, and all are essential to building a Culture of Preparedness in the United States. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide and more than 600,000 people have trained since CERT became a national program.
CERT members are primarily used in their own neighborhoods. CERT training means you are as ready as you can be to help yourself, your family, and your neighborhood, and serves as the basic level of training for all community-based disaster volunteer teams. In a disaster, normal activities will be disrupted; police, fire, 9-1-1, and ambulances will be quickly overwhelmed and may not be able to respond for 72 hours. Residents need to be able to take care of themselves until the professional emergency responders arrive. One goal of the CERT program is to help residents respond to and assist others in need and do so effectively without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.
The CERT Basic Course is delivered by qualified instructors who will follow protocols established by FEMA, Homeland Security, and local emergency managers. It includes the following components:
CERT training is a commitment of 20 hours of training (must
attend all 20hrs). There is no cost for the training of County CERT courses.
Participants must be over the age of 18-year-old. Minors 14 years old and over
may participate but require a parent or guardian to attend the course. Only those who successfully complete the
practical exercise with hands-on instruction in fire suppression, search and
rescue, cribbing and medical, will receive a certificate of completion and a
free CERT kit. Class size is limited to the first 40 people who register.
Classes may be canceled or re-scheduled if the minimum threshold of registrants
is not met.
To register for the basic CERT training course, visit the Riverside County CERT website by going to https://www.rivcocert.org/registration.htm or clicking on the image below