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Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Role of CERT in an Emergency
CERT has been used to:
- Search for lost or kidnapped children
- Staff Emergency Operations Centers and monitor events
- Emergency Operations Center security: driving, information, assisting disabled visitors and minor first aid
- Manage “spontaneous/ convergent” volunteers
- Assist Red Cross and other relief organization on mass care
How can I join
To become a CERT member, you must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license.
If you want to volunteer your services and become trained to protect yourself and families from disaster; natural or man-made….
Become a CERT member.
For more information, contact the Burlington County Office of Emergency Mangement at 609-518-7200 or visit the Burlington County Website at www.co.burlington.nj.us
You may also contact the New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency mangement CERT Training Coordinator at 609-882-2000 ext.6014, or visit www.state.nj.us/njoem