WHAT WE DO
TRAINING AND OUTREACH
The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains the in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT helps the first responders. CERT is part of the community program in which neighbors help neighbors.
The DART program educates people about disaster preparedness for animals that impact their area and trains citizens on basic disaster response skills, such as trailering animals, relocation plans, and go bags. Using the training, DART helps the citizens plan evacuations. DART is also part of the community program in which neighbors help neighbors.
THE HARD TRUTH
60% of American adults have not
practiced what to do in a disaster
only 39% of respondents have
developed an emergency plan
80% of Americans live in counties that
have been hit with a weather-related disaster
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs. As a result, the LAFD created the Disaster Preparedness Division with the purpose of training citizens and private and government employees.
In 1992, President Bush officially recognized CERT as a national program for volunteers and placed the organization with Federal Management Association (FEMA).