About CERT


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Disaster can strike anywhere and anytime.  Basic safety and disaster skills can mean the difference
between life and death.  The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps and
equip citizens to be better prepared to help themselves, their neighbors and the community in the
event of a disaster, crisis or common emergency. 
Assistance during a major disaster
In a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will most likely be
overloaded by the high demand for their services.  Factors such as number of victims, severity
of situation, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from getting the emergency
services support that they would normally get by calling 911. 
People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life-saving and
life-sustaining needs.  One also expects that under these kinds of conditions, family members,
fellow employees, and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other.