Community Emergency Response Team

Community Emergency Response Team

If you ever wanted to help your community but didn’t have a lot if time, now is your chance! Classes are Wednesday nights at about 2.5 hours apiece. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible, but not required, to join the Allendale’s Community Emergency Response Team. Email allendalecertcoordinator@gmail or click below for details.

Do you want to learn some valuable skills to better prepare yourself to help  family, friends, and neighbors during emergencies? Don’t have a lot of time to commit to volunteering but still want to learn and do something to help? Consider joining Allendale’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

FEMA’s CERT program has it’s roots in lessons learned from California’s earthquake response in the late 1980’s. Survivors turned into volunteers to help over burdened emergency services. The need for formal training and organization was clear and led to what we know have in the CERT concept.

With an introduction into a range of preparedness skills and a time commitment set by you, the CERT idea allows average citizens to contribute to their communities safety in a way that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

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Following the events of September 11, 2001, Citizen Corps was launched as a grassroots strategy to strengthen community safety and preparedness through increased civic education, training, and involvement of the community. Citizen Corps is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), within the Department of Homeland Security and is implemented locally through programs such as the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

Local CERTs provide an opportunity for partnerships between government and community leaders to focus on the following objectives:

-For CERT members to be trained in basic emergency preparedness and response in order to better serve their
families, neighbors and coworkers in times of crisis

-Provide local Office of Emergency Management (OEM) officials an adjunct emergency and disaster response option in
times of extended or severe crisis

-Provide outreach and preparedness education and training to the community

-Expand basic skills through ongoing training and drills

-Provide non-emergency community event support as a way to practice basic skills while being a conduit for
emergency communications

-Community based preparedness planning allows us all to prepare
for and
respond to anticipated disruptions and potential hazards following a disaster. As individual CERT members, we can prepare our homes and families to cope
during that critical post disaster period.

-Deploying the CERT during or after a crisis can enhance the ability of individuals and neighborhoods to reduce their
emergency needs and to manage their existing resources until professional assistance becomes available.

CERT training is typically given in the spring and again in the fall and is completely free of charge. The course runs approximately 20 hours, each class about 2-3 hours a week. Please email for course details. We’re always looking for new members and are available to answer any questions. Please feel free to reach out via e-mail:


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