Mission Statement

The Warren Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

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What We Do

The CERT concept includes all the likely actions a team or an individual may utilize in the aftermath of a disaster such as, search and rescue techniques, debris removal, first aid, small fire containment, etc. To educate citizens to be better prepared to take care of themselves, family, friends, and neighbors in the event of a disaster of any type until trained emergency responders can arrive. To establish Community Emergency Response Teams, emergency management resources, volunteer pools to help during an emergency, and to perform projects that improve a community’s preparedness

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About CERT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), using the model created by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, began promoting nationwide use of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept in 1994. Since then, CERT's have been established in hundreds of communities.

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About CERT:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), using the model created by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, began promoting nationwide use of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept in 1994.  Since then, CERT’s have been established in hundreds of communities.

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve.  The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills.  CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their areas.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training.   These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives.  CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.

CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities.  They can attend supplemental training opportunities offered by the sponsoring agency and others that further their skills base.  Finally, CERT members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.

CERT Training:

  • Identify the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities
  • Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster
  • Identify and reduce potential hazards in their homes and workplaces.
  • Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid.
  • Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock.
  • Conduct triage under simulated conditions
  • Perform head-to-toe assessments.
  • Select and set up a treatment area.
  • Employ basic treatments for various wounds.
  • Identify planning and size-up requirement for potential search and rescue situations.
  • Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.
  • Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services.
  • To Provide Operational and Logistical Support to all Federal, Territorial, and Municipal Emergency services, Rescue Services, and Community aid services.
  • Learn and understand disaster preparedness principles.
  • Fire Safety.
  • Disaster Medical Operations – Triage and Treating Life Threatening Injuries.
  • Light Search and Rescue.
  • Team Organization.
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism, Biological Weapons, and Weapons of Mass Destruction

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