Starting a CERT

We recommend a number of steps to start a CERT:
  • Identify the program goals that CERT will meet and the resources available to conduct the program in your area.
  • Gain approval from appointed and elected officials to use CERT as a means to prepare citizens to care for themselves during a disaster when services may not be adequate. This is an excellent opportunity for the government to be proactive in working with its constituency. Identify and recruit potential participants. Naturals for CERT are community groups, business and industry workers, and local government workers.
  • Conduct CERT sessions. Conduct refresher training and exercises with CERTs.
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