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NC COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) PROGRAM

CERT educates individuals 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 training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are nor immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encourages to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.

TEEN CERT-As a teen, this is one very important thing you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your friends in case of a disaster. This training teaches you about the potential disasters that could affect your area and how to safely and responsibly respond. The training also qualifies for community service credit hours for students.

CERT Basic Training Includes:

  • Disaster Preparedness -Emergency personnel are trained to handle all kinds of disasters, but they may not be immediately available in a catastrophic disaster. In such situations, members of the community may be on their own for several days or longer. They may have to rely on their own resources for food, water, medical care, etc.
  • Fire Safety & Utility Controls- CERTs play an important role in fire safety by extinguishing small fires before they become major fires. In this unit, we learn how to use an extinguisher and how to recognize when a fire is too big for us to attempt suppression. Also covered is how to shut off utilities when necessary.
  • Disaster Medical Operations - Part I - Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment (START) is a critical concept for initially dealing with casualties in a disaster. History has proven that 40% of disaster victims can be saved with simple and rapid care. 
  • Disaster Medical Operations - Part II - When disaster victims are sheltered together for treatment, public health becomes a concern. Measures must be taken to avoid the spread of disease. This is covered, along with some basic treatments. 
  • Light Search & Rescue Operations - This unit focuses on the three components of an effective search-and-rescue operation - sizeup, search, and rescue - and the methods and techniques that rescuers can use to locate and safely remove survivors.   
  • CERT Organization- The Incident Command System (ICS) is used by emergency response agencies to manage emergency operations. When CERTs activate, they become part of that system. ICS is also used for day-to-day operations.
  • Disaster Psychology- CERT members might see and hear things during a disaster that are unpleasant, uncomfortable, and upsetting. They must prepare themselves for their response role by learning about the possible impacts of disasters on themselves and others, emotionally as well as physically.
  • Terrorism and CERT  - As CERT members, we will not respond directly to a terrorist incident, but it is important that we have an awareness of possible threats. In this unit, we discuss what terrorism is, targets, weapons, indicators, preparations, and incident protocols for CERT.

The Basic CERT Training takes a total of approximately 20-30 hours.

More information available on the website for the NC CERT Program.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) by County

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County CERT
Alamance Clover Garden CERT
Alexander Alexander County CERT
Alleghany Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Anson Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Ashe Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Avery Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Beaufort Chocowinity EMS CERT
Bertie Bertie County CERT
Bladen Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Brunswick Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Buncombe Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Burke Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Cabarrus Concord High School CERT
Caldwell Caldwell County CERT
Camden Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management
Carteret Newport CERT
Caswell Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Catawba Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Chatham Chatham County CERT
Cherokee Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Chowan Shalom International Church CERT
Clay Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Cleveland Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Columbus Columbus County Volunteer Center CERT
Craven Fairfield Harbour CERT
Havelock CERT
New Bern CERT
River Bend CERT
Trent Woods CERT
Cumberland Cumberland County CERT
Fayetteville State University CERT
Hope Mills CERT
Currituck Currituck County CERT
Dare Hatteras Island CERT
Davidson Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Davie Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Duplin Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.
Durham Durham County CERT
North Carolina Central University CERT
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County CERT  
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Edgecombe Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Forsyth Forsyth County CERT  
Franklin Lake Royale CERT  
Gaston Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Gates Gates County CERT  
Graham Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Granville Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Greene Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Guilford Guilford County CERT  
Halifax Scotland Neck Police Department CERT  
Harnett Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Haywood Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Henderson Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Hertford Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Hoke Harvest CERT  
Hyde Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Iredell Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Jackson Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Johnston Clayton CERT  
Jones Jones County CERT  
Lee Carolina Trace CERT  
Lee County CERT  
Lenoir Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
  Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Macon Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Madison Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Martin Martin County CERT  
McDowell Home Guard CERT  
Marion Police Department CERT  
Mecklenburg 10,000 Fearless CERT  
Mitchell Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Montgomery Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Moore Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Nash Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
New Hanover Landfall CERT  
New Hanover County CERT  
Porter's Neck CERT  
Northampton Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Onslow Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Orange Orange County CERT  
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County CERT  
Pamlico Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
  Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Pender Hampstead CERT  
Perquimans Albemarle CERT  
Deep Creek Shores CERT  
Person Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Pitt Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Polk Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Randolph Randolph County CERT  
Richmond Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Robeson Robeson County CERT  
Rockingham Southern Rockingham County CERT  
Rowan Rowan County CERT  
Rutherford Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Sampson Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Scotland Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Stanly Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Stokes Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Surry Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Swain Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Transylvania Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Tyrrell Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Union Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Vance Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Wake Apex CERT  
Athens Drive Magnet High School CERT  
Carolina Preserve CERT  
Cary Academy CERT  
Cary CERT  
Central Raleigh CERT  
Midtown CERT  
Morrisville CERT  
Warren Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Washington Washington County CERT  
Watauga Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Wayne Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Wilkes Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Wilson Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Yadkin Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.  
Yancey Start a CERT, contact the State CERT Office.