Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is an opportunity for people of all ages, sizes, and physical abilities to learn valuable basic skills needed during an emergency.

Whether you are interested in learning how to take care of yourself and your family, your neighborhood, or taking an active role in community preparedness, the CERT training will help increase your confidence and provide peace of mind.

Contact info@CERTClarkCountyWA.com for additional information

The CERT program educates volunteers of all ages, ranging from stay-at-home parents, students, seniors, and individuals working full-time in how to prepare for the hazards that may impact their area and how to assist their neighborhood in the event of a disaster.

CERT volunteers are trained to:

  • Check on the safety and well-being of their neighbors

  • Suppress small fires using a fire extinguisher

  • Conduct light urban search and rescue

  • Provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort to survivors

  • Organize and direct other individuals who offer assistance

Through their participation in neighborhood activities and events, they assist in preparedness outreach and public education.

CERT volunteers help build relationships between the community and emergency responders.

CERT Basic Training Classes are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We look forward to resuming our in-person, hands-on instruction when it is safe to do so.

Here are links to additional resources for Emergency Preparedness information:

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA)
http://cresa911.org/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness/

Dept. Of Homeland Security https://www.ready.gov/

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater/prepare.html

CERT Training requires a commitment of 22+ hours for classroom and field training, culminating in a final field exercise.

Registrants must pass a background check and sign a code of conduct.

Classes are typically offered one night a week and include two Saturday sessions; attendance is required at all classes for certification.


The following topics are included in each CERT Basic Training Class:

Session 1: Intro to CERT & Disaster Preparedness

Session 2: Communications & CERT Organization

Session 3: Disaster Psychology & Terrorism

Session 4: Fire Safety & Utility Controls and Light Search & Rescue Ops

Session 5: Disaster Medical Operations 1

Sesstion 6: Disaster Medical Operations 2

Session 7: CERT in Clark Co. -- the Practical Application

Session 8: Final Drill