Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1985. They recognized that citizens would bery likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster.  They decided that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive and to safely help others until responders or other assistance could arrive.

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Riverside County Emergency Management Department -     RivcoReady.Org
CERT, RACES, and Medical Volunteers are part of this department.
Make a Kit, Have A Plan, Stay Informed, and Get Involved

Riverside County Community Emergency Response Team -      RivcoCERT.Org
This site also includes a calendar of classes being offered within the county. You can train at any location. Your local contact would be to contact the Lake Elsinore Public Works. There are Teen CERT and Spanish CERT classes available, and in the Regular CERT classes, you should be able to bring family members as old as 12 years. They have a lot of fun.

CERT Training Manual -    CERT Training Manual
You may download the CERT manual for your review at this FEMA site. Normally a manual is provided to you when you take the class.

FEMA IS-317: Introduction to CERT  (On-line)  -      IS-317 Introduction To CERT
"Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams, "IS-317, is an independent study course that serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members. It has six modules with topics that include an Introduction to CERT, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations and Search and Rescue. It takes betwen six and eight hours to complete the course. Those who successfully finish it will receive a certificate of completion.

IS-317 can be taken by anyone interested in CERT. However, to become a CERT volunteer, one must complete the classroom training offered by a local government agency such as the emergency management agency, fire or police department. Contact your local emergency manager to learn about the local education and training opportunities available toyou. Let this person know about your interest in taking CERT training.  Contact Mary Z at Lake Elsinore Public Works, 951 674 5170

CERT Organization and Onscene Management   -  Maintain the safety of disaster workers, provide clear leadership and organizational structure, and improve the effectiveness of rescue efforts.  The organization is based on the Incident Command System (ICS) which is a proven management system used by emergency responders.

Objectives are to identify the scope of the incident (What's the problem?), Determine an overall strategy (What can we do, and how will we do it?), Deploy teams and resources (Who is going to do what?), and Document actions and results. A well run organization will be able to provide objective and concise information to responders when they arrive.

FEMA On-Line Training  -    IS-100 and IS-700 Training

IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System and IS-700 Introduction to National Incident Management System (NIMS) are two of the online classes that are recommended. 
Contact the HOA office if you are interested in an onsite class.  They require about 3 hours each. We could schedule these classes at the clubhouse if there is sufficient interest.
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