CERT Roles

CERT volunteers carrying an injured person on a stretcher.

The Role That CERTs Can Play to Augment Emergency Management and Response Capability Within Their Community

Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Click on these links to learn more about the role of CERTs:

CERT training session.

CERT Training: Preparing for Emergency Response

Using the basic CERT curriculum, CERT personnel train to prepare for a disaster or overwhelming event by:

During training, CERTs learn to:

Following initial training, the sponsoring agency has the challenge of helping CERT members maintain and improve their skills through a variety of training programs, exercises, and special projects, all tailored at the local level to meet local needs.

CERT volunteers at a triage area.

CERT Roles During Emergencies

When a disaster or overwhelming event occurs and responders are not immediately available, CERTs can assist by:

CERT volunteers being instructed by local law enforcement personnel.

Other CERT Roles

Depending on your plan for CERTs, the teams may fill other roles as well. For more information about CERTs and how they are used throughout the country, click on the following articles from the electronic newsletter, "The Connection:"