Community Emergency Response Team
Take an active role in emergency preparedness for your home, your neighborhood, your workplace, and your community. Learn to solve problems, improve communities, connect with others, and save lives.
Disaster preparedness training is critical to ensuring that communities are ready to respond to natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, or man-made threats such as terrorism and public health threats. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training topics include setting up treatment areas, HAZMAT and fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, medical techniques, and more. Beyond assisting in critical emergencies, CERT members are encouraged to take an active role in ongoing emergency preparedness projects within their communities. Attendees conclude by participating in a mock disaster. Upon successful completion attendees receive a FEMA Certificate of Graduation.
What is CERT Training?
CERT is a realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the CERT training, students receive classroom and hands-on training in: Disaster preparedness; Fire Safety; Search and Rescue; and Disaster Medical Operations (triage, treating life threatening injuries, and basic first aid).
Harper College Course
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING (CERT) (LVM 8205): A day hardly goes by where we don’t hear about community emergencies. Fortunately, northern Illinois has been spared from recent local disasters but that may not always be the situation. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training prepares you to know what to do for your family, neighbors and community in the event of natural and man-made disasters. The program concludes with a mock disaster. Successful completion earns you a FEMA Certificate. Participants may qualify to volunteer as a Palatine Emergency Management Agency member.
Register through Harper College at www.harpercollege.edu/ce. CERT is located under the Career Development Tab. Tuition is $75.00. If you become a member of Palatine Emergency Management Agency $35.00 is refunded.