A Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are citizen volunteers who receive special training that enhances their ability to recognize, respond to and recover from a major emergency or disaster situation.
CERT is a nationally recognized program coordinated by FEMA and offered through the Pasco County Office of Emergency Management.
As individuals, this training allows the CERT members to be better able to prepare for their families in the case of an emergency. As an organized team, they can provide vital services in the absence of emergency responders, whose arrival may be delayed due to the scope of the event.
CERT volunteers can also provide much needed non-emergency services in the form of public-education programs, preparedness training, shelter operations and other community activities.
Various reports of "Lessons Learned" from different disasters including the most recent weather disasters; Hugo in 1989, Andrew in 1992 and the "Unnamed Storm of 1993," indicate that emergency responders can’t be everywhere and citizens need to know how to take independent action to help themselves and others.
CERT members are trained by emergency responders and emergency management personnel in basic emergency care in areas that will help them take care of themselves and others before, during, and after a major emergency.
CERTs are formed by:
For additional information on the Pasco County CERT program, and to check on the next available CERT training classes, please contact the CERT Coordinator for Pasco County at (727) 847-8137.