About Westport CERT


 Westport CERT, formed in 2003, is a division of the Westport Emergency Management Office. 

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, administered by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and FEMA, 
educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the 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. CERT offers 
a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during 
disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, 
respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced. 



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 equip
citizens to be better prepared to help themselves, their neighbors and the community in the
event of a disaster, crisis or common emergency. 

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.