CERT - Community Emergency Response Team

Being prepared in an emergency situation is critical. In the last 10 years, Ventura County residents have experienced wildfires, floods, mudslides, and earthquakes.

Ventura County Fire Department in coordination with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have joined together to assist its’ residents with disaster preparedness education and training.

Would you know what to do if an emergency struck your community, school or workplace? After a disaster, professional responders will be needed everywhere.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program teaches community members about the potential disasters that could affect their area and how to safely and responsibly respond to them.

CERT educates volunteers in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, team organization, hazards that may impact their area, and disaster medical operations.

CERT members receive hands-on training in:
• Disaster preparedness and response skills
• Reducing fire hazards in the home and workplace
• Setting up medical treatment areas
• Assisting emergency responders
• Treatment and triage evaluation
• Conducting light search and rescue
• Organizing and managing a CERT Team

It takes about 24 hours to complete the CERT program. Each graduate will receive a manual, a CERT Disaster start-up pack (helmet, gloves, vest and goggles) and a certificate of completion.

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