What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. Community members are trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, incident command, and disaster medical operations. Using skills learned in classroom training and drills and exercises, CERT members can assist others after an event and before first responders can arrive on the scene.
Across the country, local CERT programs provide training and support for teams in all sectors of the community—neighbors, employees, students in high schools and colleges, and many other groups.
Purpose of Teen CERT
The Teen CERT concept was created to address preparedness and response capabilities from within high schools. While many schools have taken measures to provide for site security analysis and equipment, more effort is needed to train staff and students in school security and emergency response procedures, and to involve youth in the country’s overall emergency preparedness and response plans. Teen CERT aims to train students in emergency preparedness and basic response to ensure that they have the skills needed to protect themselves, and assist others, in the event of an emergency.
When will the program begin?
The current South Lane Teen CERT program is underway.
The next South Lane Teen CERT program will begin January 2019.
Who is eligible?
All community members who are 14 - 20 years of age.
How do I apply?
You can download an application at the bottom of the page. Please turn applications in to Creswell City Hall at 13 S 1st St, Creswell, OR 97426
Applications will also be accepted at South Lane County Fire & Rescue Station 203 at 55 S 1st St, Creswell; or Station 201 at 233 Harrison Ave Cottage Grove, OR 97424