Community Emergency Response Team
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 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.
CERT training takes about 24 hours to complete, typically one evening a week for two months, and provides critical skills in emergency preparedness and response. Training is conducted by first responders or other trained CERT instructors.
Participants learn how to:
Identify and anticipate hazards
Prepare themselves and their families for various hazards
Reduce fire hazards in the home/workplace and extinguish small fires
Conduct light search and rescue
Triage patients in a mass casualty incident
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
Students, teachers, administrators and school staff
Communities of faith
Scouting and youth organizations
Members of clubs and civic organizations
CERT Points of Contact are listed to the right. If you don't see a CERT program near your town, please contact Chris Tate at Jefferson County EMA – firstname.lastname@example.org – 205-254-2039 to learn about how to start up a CERT program in your area. Jefferson County EMA assists with coordinating the program, however teams are managed by a team leader within their respective community.
Points of Contact for CERT Programs in Jeffco:
Capt. Carlton Jackson
205-428-5151 ext. 115
Lt. Orlando Reynolds
(Fairfield / West Jefferson areas)
B. J. Colvin
Samford University CERT
Asst. Chief Keith McLaughlin
Vestavia Hills CERT