What is CERT?
The Charlotte County 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.
Why do the CERT training?
Your community needs you. The Charlotte County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.
What kind of training will I receive?
Charlotte County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members receive 18 hours of hands on training in the Basic Course. The 3 day course is followed by full-day biannual refresher drills, and an opportunity to assist the Charlotte County Public Safety Department at local incidents and events.
CERT is provided free of charge within Charlotte County. (Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian)
In the CERT training, citizens learn to:
put out small fires,
treat the three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock,
provide basic medical aid,
search for and rescue victims safely,
organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective,
and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.
How do I join?
You can register online by completing this survey:
If you complete the 3 day training course you will have an opportunity to join Charlotte County CERT.
How does Charlotte County CERT help the community?
The Charlotte CERT program has a role for everyone. Members use a combination of CERT training and community knowledge to serve their neighbors in a time of disaster.
Since 2014, Charlotte CERT members have participated in community preparedness and safety activities.
support their family, loved ones, neighbors and associates until help arrives by applying the training they learn in CERT classes.
assist with non-emergency projects that improve safety in the community. CERT members have been used to distribute and/or install smoke detectors in the homes of disabled and elderly Floridians.
participate in public outreach events to distribute disaster education material.
trained to assist in the Emergency Operations Call Center.
support Charlotte County Fire & EMS in providing first aid services at special events, such as the boat races, air show, sporting events, concerts and more.
training to be a part of Emergency Responder Rehab for Charlotte County Fire & EMS.