When activated and under the direction of local emergency responders, CERT teams can provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims, providing damage assessment information, and organizing other volunteers at a disaster site. Volunteers trained in CERT also offer a potential workforce for performing duties such as; shelter operations/support, crowd control/evacuation and assist with various community and public events.
The Benefit of CERT Training
CERT training takes about 20 hours to complete and will provide critical skills necessary for emergency preparedness and response.
Participants learn how to:
Assist in identification and anticipation of hazards
Reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace
Assist emergency responders
Apply basic medical techniques
Help reduce survivor stress
Who should take CERT Training?
Anyone over the age of 18
People interested in taking an active role in hometown preparedness
Neighborhood watch groups
Faith based communities
Teachers and Administrators
Members of clubs and civic organizations
For more information about joining the Gloucester CERT team, please contact Asst Chief/EMD Rivas.