CERT

CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team.  CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster.  When a widespread disaster strikes, emergency agencies are likely to be overwhelmed.  Emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away.  People may have to rely on each other for hours or even days.  By getting CERT training, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property.

In 95 percent of all emergencies, the victim or bystander provides the first immediate assistance on the scene.  Would you know what to do?

CERT training takes about 20 hours to complete and provides critical skills in emergency preparedness and response.  Training is conducted by firefighters or other trained CERT leaders. 

Participants learn how to:

     Identify and anticipate hazards
     Reduce fire hazards in the home/workplace and extinguish small fires
     Conduct light search and rescue
     Set up medical treatment areas and apply basic medical techniques
     Help reduce survivor stress
     Organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective


CERT members are also trained in life-saving skills with emphasis on decision-making ability, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.

Who should take CERT training?

     People interested in taking an active role in hometown preparedness
     Neighborhood Watch groups
     Community leaders
     Parents
     Students, teachers, administrators and school staff
     Communities of faith
     Scouting and youth organizations
     Businesses
     Members of clubs and civic organizations


Points of Contact for CERT Programs in Jefferson County:

Birmingham CERT

Lt. Orlando Reynolds

orlando.reynolds@birminghamal.gov

205-785-1332

Fultondale CERT

Allen Thrush

allen.thrush.asdf@gmail.com

205-616-6082

 

Charles Bonasera

charlesbonasera@att.net

205-516-2688

Irondale CERT

B. J. Colvin

irondalecert@gmail.com

205-951-1408

McAdory CERT

Darrin Jarvis

refuel@bellsouth.net

205-746-7665

Springville/Argo CERT

Janet McCown

jvmcert1@gmail.com

205-253-0298

Trussville CERT

John Griscom

jgriscom@charter.net

205-789-7362

Vestavia Hills CERT

Nicole Zabriskie

vhcert@gmail.com

205-593-7291


To start a new CERT Program in your area, contact Annette Davis at Jefferson County EMA
davisa@jccal.org 205-254-2039