What is CERT?
CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team and is made up of volunteer citizens of your local community who are trained to assist emergency responders in the event of a large-scale disaster. The program originated out of Los Angeles in the 1980’s and has spread nation-wide since adopted and standardized by FEMA. Click here to read more on the history of CERT.
What we do
CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.
To become a member of the Allen CERT team, you must live or work in the city of Allen, Texas and complete a 20-hour instructor-led Basic Training course. Classes are held in the fall of each year. The cost is free and students must be at least 18 years old. If you would like to sign up for the next training, click here