Greater Tampa Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program that trains citizens how to be prepared for and respond to emergencies that may arise in their community.

In the event of a major disaster such as a hurricane, emergency services personnel can initially become overwhelmed leaving citizens on their own. CERT training enables citizens to help themselves and their neighbors by applying basic response and organizational skills during an emergency. CERT members can also serve as first responders to an emergency until professional emergency services arrive.

CERT training is conducted by local fire departments and other emergency response professionals and emphasizes personal safety while trying to help others. Organized groups of CERT trained volunteers can be an important asset to community's overall emergency response capabilities. In addition, CERT training can help citizens in their every-day lives.


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