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. 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.
Certified members have gone through the required 32 hours of classroom training and have been certified by Charleston County Emergency Management Services and FEMA.
In the event of an emergency, volunteers will be teamed with certified members to form two-person teams to respond to the disaster.
Apply for the CERT team
Quarterly, every 3rd Wednesday at 3:00pm