Community Emergency Response Team
Community Emergency Response Team
What is CERT?

As we have learned from different disasters (including Hurricane Andrew and Wilma), events can overwhelm or delay the local community's professional response. It may be days before emergency personnel can reach an area. Citizens unable to help themselves or each other make up one of the principal elements that overwhelm emergency responders and their resources.

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of the neighborhoods, community organizations or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability in their area. These skills can help sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives.

CERT training covers disaster preparedness, search and rescue, fire safety, and Disaster Medical Operations (including triage, hygiene, and basic first aid). Personnel will learn the proper use of a fire extinguisher, disaster psychology, damage assessment and anti-terrorism.

CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community as well as acting as ambassadors of the city.

How long is the training program?

CERT training is a series of 8 modules, about 2 hours each and a final class drill to showcase the skills learned. Saturday classes are offered covering 2 modules per week.
But the training never stops! Throughout the year advanced training is offered to improve the teams skills.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost at all to be a member of CERT. The only cost is your time, effort and willingness to participate in this ALL volunteer program.

Who can join?

Anyone and everyone! While you must be 18 years old to be a full member of the CERT program, Margate CERT does have a TEEN CERT program for those who are interested.
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