The Way To A Safer Community
What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a way for people from all walks of life to learn valuable basic skills used during disaster response. Some of the skills include things such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. By using the training learned through CERT training, new members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
Why in Provo?
Provo City realizes the need for its citizens to have the ability to care for themselves and neighbors during and after a disaster. CERT training is one way to insure this valuable ability. By becoming a CERT member, you will be taught how to prepare your homes and families for an emergency. Safety at home will allow the CERT team members the added ability to help their neighbors. Once neighborhoods are safe, CERT team members may be called on by City emergency workers to aid in disaster recovery elsewhere in the City.
The goal of Provo’s CERT program is to have CERT team members trained by City Emergency Professionals, in each City neighborhood, prepared to provide assistance in the event of a wide scale disaster. People want to help.
How do I receive this training?
Training is scheduled once a minimum number of interested individuals have signed up. Interested businesses, organizations, or groups may arrange for training at their specific location, if a minimum number of participants can be gathered. The training is best delivered to groups of 25 to 40, as CERT is centered on a team building concept; the greater numbers enhance this opportunity. Class times and duration may be structured to promote participation. The CERT member is issued a number of safety items at training. A fee of $40.00 is charged to cover these expenses. All other expenses are covered by the city.
This video from MSNBC website http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41709359/?gt1=43001 shows a clear example of the destruction that can occur in the event of an earthquake. While chaos is inevitable, it can be managed with the help of CERT trained citizens who have the knowledge to organize and assist rescue personnel with a rescue/ response operation. We live along a fault that is capable of causing a significant earthquake within our city.
If you would like to learn more about CERT, the following links are provided for your convenience:
You may sign up to be notified of CERT classes by leaving your name, phone number and email address at or you may call the Fire Department Headquarters at 801-852-6321.