Survive Disaster! Start your CERT Team!

CERT or "Community Emergency Response Teams" is a national program that prepares you for local emergencies & disasters.
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Learn what a Community Emergency Response Team does, where to find a CERT class, how to join or start one and how to keep it alive. Includes some generic checklists and online Federal and State resources. This course will take around 4 hours to complete. The course is an online course.

Why take this course? Imagine a tornado or flood has hit your neighborhood. You were not told to evacuate. You check your family and house to make sure they are OK. They are. But when you look out the window, you see several neighbors are in their yard injured, one house is damaged and you know an elderly woman lives there alone. There is a small fire beginning in one house.

In an emergency, what do you do first? Help the injured? Great. Now what do you do next? Search the single woman’s house? Fight the fire? How much of this can you do alone? Did you call 911? Oh, circuits are busy because this affected many neighborhoods. Emergency response will be delayed. Now what? Your neighbors are coming to you to find out what THEY should do. What will you tell them? When emergency responders arrive how do you tell them what is going on and get your neighbors help?

CERT is the program that teaches you and your neighbors (or business co-workers) what to do in an emergency. Churches, businesses, colleges and schools use CERT training to prepare their staff and students.

CERT training can be tailored to specific needs and is sponsored by local emergency management, fire or police departments.

Many CERT programs used trained CERT members to support their emergency response in the Emergency Operations Center, Police administration or to feed and water firefighters on large fires.

As a CERT member, you will receive a CERT response kit that will let you grab and go when a disaster threatens. Then mobilize your neighbors and join the team.

After you take a CERT basic training class (which covers organizing your team, medical first aid and triage, firefighting, hazmat, search, rescue, disaster psychology and communications), we show you how to find funding sources, engage local emergency responders and train for the disaster most likely to affect your community.

Finally, find out how to maintain the program and keep your membership roster full!

What are the requirements?

  • You only need a desire to learn disaster preparedness for you, your family and your neighbors

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Explain what CERT is.
  • Determine if a CERT is right for your community
  • Determine if you already have a CERT close by?
  • List the necessary support from local government
  • Establish buy-in with your elected officials and community leaders
  • Engage state and federal resources to help you build a CERT
  • Enlist your family, friends and neighbors in becoming CERT safe!
  • Recruit potential CERT members and help retain members
  • Engage local news media to help you market CERT
  • Manage your CERT volunteers to sustain the program
  • Demonstrate what a CERT team does

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone can succeed in this course! If you or you and several others are interested in a CERT for your area, you will suceed by following these principles!

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.



The tornado hit after a day of thunderstorms. The wind sounds like a freight train as you get your family into a safe room. It lasted a minute but seemed like 20 minutes and when you open your door, the devastation hits you like a physical force. You see injured neighbors in collapsed houses, a small fire is beginning, your wheelchair bound neighbors' house is mostly destroyed. WHAT DO YOU DO FIRST? Find out by becoming a CERT member or starting your own team!


A short overview on tips for your course success in this student tutorial.

Section 1: Got CERT?

No need to reinvent the wheel if a program already exists, so do this first.


So you don't have a nearby CERT program nearby, here is what you need to know in order to create one!


Lets look at your personal preparedness level.

9 questions

This quiz should be taken after review of Lecture 5 (Preparedness steps to take now). We cover how you can strengthen your ability to survive disaster!

Section 2: What is required of me to become a CERT member?

Learn what it takes to become CERT-ified


You may be surprised to learn anyone can become a CERT member!


Here are some tools of the CERT trade


Communications during emergencies can be complicated - this lecture will explain how to simplify it


Starting with the need, explore how to make a team


Every CERT team has an overhead contact called the program manager. Learn how this person can help your CERT team and how you can become a program manager if you do not already have one nearby!

Play the build a kit game!
Section 3: Partnering with local government agencies

This section offers resources and examples of federal level partners with CERT. We discuss how this fits into the whole CERT program and relationship with local authorities.


This section offers resources and examples of state level partners with CERT. We discuss how this fits into the whole CERT program and relationship with local nd federal authorities.


This section offers resources and examples of local level partners with CERT. We discuss how this fits into the whole CERT program and relationship with federal and state authorities.


Learn what an AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) is and why you need to know who the AHJ is for your CERT team!

Section 4: Your CERT leadership

Do we really need one top-cat CERT leader? The answer is YES! Without a top lead, there will be confusion, frustration and program failure in short order. But this does not mean the leader is a jerk! Find out more.


Study of the team leader as the backbone of CERT. The team leader carries out the general direction provided by the CERT leader and local AHJ liaison. The team leader translates the AHJ strategy (who, when to respond for instance) into direct action of his/her team members.


Hold on for a ride along with team leader in this graduation day exercise. Watch as the team leader receives a general assignment, (search this area), decides how to break up the work area and assign other teams to help cover the other areas.

Section 5: Resources that will help your CERT program thrive

Adopt an elected leader/community leader and strengthen your CERT program. Elected officials and community leaders are crucial to your CERT team or program success! Engage them for maximum results and community support as well as a way to recruit new members and maintain your program.


Listen as we discuss a problem and find the solution is CERT! The issue begins with a general topic, some light banter, then begins to focus on (a) a problem, then (b) CERT as the solution to the problem.

Play the Disaster Master game!
Section 6: Next Steps

Some areas promote CERT training for teenagers through schools and afterschool programs


Learn about advanced and specialized training


Helping your Emergency Management team is very rewarding and you are joining a group of dedicated professionals charged with warning, educating and protecting residents from huge disasters and loss.

Play the "Stop Disaster" game by UN/ISDR
Section 7: Final Thoughts

As you watch and listen to this review, consider the areas you have studied. This is a great time to go back to any lectures you may be unsure of and review those in deatail again.

10 questions

A short quiz to insure you pulled out the major points of this class so you can start building your CERT team!

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Instructor Biography

Dale Justice, Certified Emergency Manager

As Assistant Fire Chief of a 200+ person department, I amassed an extensive and well balanced background in planning, education, management and operations. Beginning my career as a firefighter and paramedic, I have worked in operations, fire prevention, training and emergency management for over 30 years with additional experience in planning, emergency services and emergency management. I have been deployed as part of an incident management team for three of the five major 2004 hurricanes for recovery operations and part of the local Emergency Operations Center activation every year. I hold certifications in Florida certified hazardous material technician and Intelligence Liaison Officer for the Central Florida Fusion Center. I have worked at Indian River State college as an adjunct instructor teaching fire science degree level courses and an A.S. degree in Fire Science and a B.A. degree in organizational management. My experience includes response to four major hurricanes and rostered as Operations Chief for the State of Florida Incident Management "Gold Team." I created, taught and managed our local community training for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and served as county Fire Marshal and as a Florida Certified Fire Inspector. I served as Fire Department Training Officer for 10 years. During that time I created and implemented several programs including: Writing a grant for ambulance powered patient stretchers to prevent back injury and reduce workmen compensation claims, grant for fire extinguisher simulator obtained, created a professional officer development program, increased the use of Incident Command and Accountability Systems to prevent firefighter injury. I worked with the governors and senate office to insure damage claims from Hurricane Sandy were documented and reported. Served as liaison to the Department of Defense and Sheriff during a mapping program in the Atlantic ocean resulting in the discovery and safe disposal of two 200 pound bombs used during the 1940’s in WWII assault training.

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