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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to help citizens become more prepared to respond to emergencies within their own communities. If a graduate chooses to do so, they may join or form a CERT Team to assist public safety and first responders when an emergency or disaster affects a wide area of the community. CERT Training includes light search and rescue, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, amateur radio training, and disaster preparedness.

The CERT training for community groups is usually delivered in 2 1/2 hour sessions, one evening a week over a 7 week period. The training consists of the following:

During each session participants are required to bring safety equipment (gloves, goggles, mask) and disaster supplies (bandages, flashlight, dressings) which will be used during the session. By doing this for each session, participants are building a disaster response kit of items that they will need during a disaster.

The Russell County Citizen Corps formed in early 2005. Since then, Citizen Volunteers have been trained to assist first responders and public safety during times of emergency or disaster. Classes are forming now! If you would like to host a CERT Training class at your church, civic organization or to form a team, notify us!