Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is another active program in our community with several communities getting actively organized. CERT educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using their training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and can take a more active role in preparing their community.

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Program Implementation

Santa Rosa County is proud to announce the implementation of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. CERT is an official emergency preparedness program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

CERTs are formed by members of a neighborhood or workplace who wants to be better prepared for the hazards that threaten their communities. The course benefits anyone who takes it by being better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters.

Best Source of Help

The best source of help in an emergency or disaster is the paid or volunteer professional. But, if they are not available due to high demand, CERT members can help. CERTs are not intended to replace a community’s response capability, but rather, to service as an important supplement to it.

Volunteer Resource

By sponsoring CERT, Santa Rosa County is creating a volunteer resource that is part of the community’s operational capability following a disaster. The SRC CERT program will develop training standards for CERT personnel and protocols for their activation and use.

  • CERT volunteers must keep their safety in mind as their first priority.
  • CERT volunteers must know their capabilities and the limitations of their training and equipment and work within those limitations.
  1. Introduction - "How CERTs Operate"
  2. CERT Training: Participant Manual
  3. CERT Application