The FEMA-sponsored disaster preparedness and response training course teaches topics that stress personal safety, and prepares people to help those in their own communities during disasters. Weekly topic include disaster preparedness, disaster psychology, team organization, basic fire suppression, basic medical operations, and light search and rescue. A disaster exercise will be presented at the end of the course. The training does not include CPR. The sessions are one evening per week for eight weeks. Each weekly training session last approximately 2.5 hours.
CERT was started in the 1980s by the Los Angeles, CA Fire Department to help citizens respond to earthquakes. It was adopted by FEMA and made available nationwide. In January 2002, President Bush designated the CERT Program as a part of the Citizen Corps Initiative to educate and prepare citizens in local communities to respond to natural or man-made disasters.
For additional information please contact:
Nassau County CERT Nancy Freeman, Director Nassau County Emergency Management Ph: (904) 491-7550
Fernandina Beach CERT Jeffrey Bunch, Deputy Chief Fernandina Beach Fire Department Ph: (904) 277-7331