CERT - Community Emergency Response Team
"To do the greatest good for the greatest number!"
Are you prepared? Do you want to help your Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex community in an emergency?
The C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.
C.E.R.T. members are NOT first responders but offer support in our communities. The C.E.R.T. team is a group of community volunteers that learn to: Manage utilities and put out small fires, provide Basic First Aid, learn how to search an area safely, help at local events and more!
C.E.R.T. training is free and will be held February 3, 10, and 17, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. and February 19, 2022 from 8:30 - 4 p.m. in Gloucester. COVID precautions and social distancing will be in effect. Space is limited. Teens are welcome.
What is CERT?
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
- disaster medical operations
Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members who choose so, may be activated and asked to assist during emergencies and non-emergencies.
Who can join?
Anyone can join! Naturals for the training are neighborhood watch, community organizations, communities of faith, school staff, workplace employees, scouting organization and other groups that come together regularly for a common purpose. CERT skills are useful in disaster and everyday life events.
Visit the CERT Training page to view upcoming training.