Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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What is the CERT Program?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program teaches participants how to provide basic emergency response services after a disaster.  Persons living or working in Orange County can join CERT to meet critical needs in their area when first responders are unavailable.  CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.  Those involved may include groups that already come together for a common purpose, such as neighborhood watch, scout groups, civic organizations, homeowner’s associations, and professional organizations.  Individual community members may also consider starting a neighborhood or workplace team.

What will I learn?

CERT provides community members with skills such as disaster preparedness, fire safety, basic medical operations, light search and rescue, team organization, and more.  Additionally, refresher and advanced courses are offered on a quarterly basis.

Benefits of Starting a CERT

Benefits of starting a CERT include free emergency preparedness training, immediate emergency response services after a disaster, and increased community involvement.  As an added bonus, CERT members receive educational materials, CERT equipment (as available), and a certificate of completion.

When is the next training and how do I register?

There are currentlty no scheduled CERT Basic Training courses. Our next basic course will likely be at the end of summer, early fall 2018.

For those who already have completed CERT Basic Training, we do have a series of advanced trainings scheduled for the summer. That schedule can be found here.

For questions, please contact us.

What additional training is offered?

Other training events and opportunities beyond Orange County can be found on the North Carolina CERT Calendar.

Is there a fee?


Join the CERT Mailing List to receive program announcements by e-mail. 

For more information contact:

Josh Hollingsworth
EM Planner/CERT Coordinator