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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

There is a very good chance that your neighborhood will be on its own during the early stages following a catastrophic disaster. After a catastrophic disaster, citizens will volunteer to help. Without proper training these people can expose themselves to potential injury and even death!

Experience has shown that basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills improves the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance arrives.

Highland County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Description

Th Highland County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has become a part of a national network of CERT communities. OEM has developed a program that is designed to help neighborhoods prepare for and respond after catastrophic disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and other major emergencies.

Individuals completing CERT training may be affiliated with one or more of the following teams:

  • Neighborhood CERT: Ten or more neighbors serving immediate residential neighborhood.
  • Business and Civic Organizations CERT: Co-workers serving place of business and surrounding area.
  • School CERT: Faculty and staff serving a particular school and the surrounding areas.
  • Government Agency CERT: Government agency staff that serve a particular agency or surrounding area.
  • Faith-Based CERT: Teams based at a house of worship serving the immediate neighborhood, or travel into areas that need assistance.
  • Youth CERT: Organized service-oriented groups, such as Civil Air Patrol, Fire or Police Explorers, or school-based clubs.
  • Individuals not affiliated with a team may still be trained and serve the community.

Once trained, a CERT will be able to provide the following services to their neighborhood:

  • Increase their neighborhood's disaster readiness
  • Perform triage and provide medical services to the injured
  • Perform light search and rescue operations
  • Extinguish small fires and teach fire safety.
  • Assess damage after a disaster
  • Organize procurement of supplies

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    Last Updated: 09/01/2003

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