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Community Emergency Response Team
Overview
A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a group of people that is organized as a team and receives special training that enhances their ability to recognize, respond to and recover from a major emergency or disaster situation. They are trained by emergency responders and emergency management personnel in basic emergency care in areas that will help them take care of themselves and others before, during, and after a major emergency.

As an organized team, they can provide vital services in the absence of emergency responders, whose arrival may be delayed due to the scope of the event.

Why do We Need CERT?
Various reports of "Lessons Learned" from different disasters including the most recent weather disasters; Hugo in 1989, Andrew in 1992 and the "Unnamed Storm of 1993," indicate that emergency responders can’t be everywhere and citizens will take independent action to help themselves and others.

Where do we find team members?
CERTs are formed by:
  • Apartment and Office Buildings
  • Church Groups
  • Crime Watch Organizations
  • Graduates of the Citizens Fire and Police Academies
  • Industrial Facilities
  • Manufactured Home Parks Businesses / Civic Groups
  • Neighborhoods / Homeowners’ Associations
  • Previous Disaster Victims
  • School Groups
  • Scouting / Explorer Troops and people like you!

For additional information on the Pasco County CERT program, and to check on the next available CERT training classes, please contact the CERT Coordinator for Pasco County at (727) 847-8959.