Want To Be Ready to Help Others in Times of Disaster? Consider CERT

What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team 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.

It then spread nationwide:

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.

Consider being a part of CERT or starting your own local group to be ready in case of Emergencies. Go to the About page here: About CERT

Learn more about the eclectic fellow who runs this site here 🙂 : About Chris

  • I thought I’d write to introduce you to Samariteam, technology developed for CERT programs.

    Samariteam is a free web-based service for organizing volunteer programs. It was originally created for Eugene CERT (in Eugene, Oregon) and is now in use in hundreds of Citizen Corps programs across the country. I am an active CERT member and a volunteer firefighter/EMT.

    We offer free websites to volunteer programs, and our subscription-based service is available with advanced features. You can simply sign up for a website and we’ll set it up and have it available for you the same day! The sites are completely customizable and very easy to use – with no technical skills ever required. Our goal is to make every part of our system “grandma friendly!”

    Please take a look at http://www.samariteam.com, or feel free to contact me if you would like additional information!