Community Emergency Response Team

Program Description

CERT training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice, and by working as a team, you will be able to protect yourself and maximize your capability to help for the greatest number of people after a disaster.  

Before, during, and after disasters, CERT volunteer teams perform basic response activities, including checking in on neighbors, distributing information to the public, supporting emergency operations centers, and helping to manage traffic and crowds. Local CERT programs train and organize teams of volunteers to assist their families, neighbors, co-workers, and other community members.  

I am a part of the Robeson County CERT program with CORE as the lead nonprofit agency. Our sponsoring agency is Robeson County Emergency Management. 

*participation certificate awarded upon completion

What to expect in the training

8 Units covering the following topics:

  • Disaster Preparation

  • CERT Organization

  • Disaster Medical Operations- Part 1

  • Disaster Medical Operations- Part 2

  • Disaster Psychology

  • Fire Safety & Utility Controls

  • Light Search & Rescue

  • Terrorism and CERT

  • Disaster Simulation


*adds on are available for CPR, at an additional fee

Want to secure your business?

 The Ready Business program helps business leaders make a preparedness plan to get ready for these hazards.  There are lots of things a business can do to prepare for a disaster.  Check out the free resources through! They provide several checklists for methods of preparation in any situation.  Disaster preparation includes: 

  • Natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
  • Health hazards such as widespread and serious illnesses like the flu.
  • Human-caused hazards including accidents and acts of violence.
  • Technology-related hazards like power outages and equipment failure.
Use THIS LINK for more information! 

Are you already an active community leader?  Once you complete the training you can become a CERT Instructor! 

Instructor Led

Hybrid Learning

CERT class location will be set according to your location.  

Certificate obtained from completing online portion must be provided before simulation and course completion.