The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
In Athens-Clarke County, this class is conducted as a collaborative effort between the ACC Office of Emergency Management and the ACC Fire & Emergency Services Department.
The course is open to anyone who lives, works, or worships within Athens-Clarke County. There is no charge for the class. Classes are scheduled twice per year on alternate evenings to accommodate citizen’s schedules.