What is CERT?
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 are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The City of Indio conducts the basic 20 hour CERT training program over a three day period. All three classes must be taken in order to meet the minimum 20 hour training requirement. The program is free to attend.
Those interested in taking Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in the City of Indio should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the City of Indio Fire Services at 760.347.0756.
ON-LINE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY:
Those interested in taking the precursor to the 20-hour, classroom-based CERT training, IS-317 Introduction to CERT course, can do so by visiting: http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/IS317/ . There is no cost for this training.