Gloucester Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

What is Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)?

Learn more about CERT.

What do CERT Teams do in an Emergency?

When activated and under the direction of local emergency responders, CERT teams can provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims, providing damage assessment information, and organizing other volunteers at a disaster site. Volunteers trained in CERT also offer a potential workforce for performing duties such as; shelter operations/support, crowd control/evacuation and assist with various community and public events.

The Benefit of CERT Training

CERT training takes about 20 hours to complete and will provide critical skills necessary for emergency preparedness and response.

Participants learn how to:

  • Assist in identification and anticipation of hazards
  • Reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace
  • Assist emergency responders
  • Apply basic medical techniques
  • Help reduce survivor stress

Who should take CERT Training?

  • Anyone over the age of 18
  • People interested in taking an active role in hometown preparedness
  • Neighborhood watch groups
  • Community leaders
  • Faith based communities
  • Teachers and Administrators
  • Members of clubs and civic organizations

For more information about joining the Gloucester CERT team, please contact Asst Chief/EMD Rivas.