CERT Activities

Citizen Disaster Response Training Offered

Nassau County residents will have the opportunity to learn disaster preparedness and response skills, thanks to funding from the Florida Department of Community Affairs. Both Nassau County and the City of Fernandina Beach are initiating Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), a FEMA disaster preparedness program for citizens.

About the Courses

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.

Program Background

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.

Additional Information

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