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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Join with other concerned members of the Alexandria community to learn how to increase your neighborhood’s disaster readiness and support the first responders who serve your neighborhood! Learn how to assess damage after a disaster, extinguish small fires, perform light search and rescue, triage and provide first aid, and provide much needed assistance in times of crisis!

The Community Emergency Response Team program trains community members to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in Alexandria.

When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders by providing immediate assistance to victims and organizing spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also participate in non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

I want to help! What do I need to do?

Attend the CERT training course to become a Team Member. You will learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your community for a disaster. Become familiar with tools to help you organize after a disaster and how to conduct triage and provide basic first aid. Learn to assess damage after the disaster, extinguish a small fire, conduct searches and rescue victims safely, and complete a small-scale disaster simulation!

Upcoming Courses

The next CERT sessions begin on Thursday, February19, 2015.  Classes are held once a week for eight weeks beginning at 7 p.m. at the Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St). Classes run from two to three hours depending on the number of students. You can choose to come either Thursday nights or Tuesday nights each module is repeated so if you have something planned you can change the night of week you attend based upon the schedule below.  Email for more information.

Thursday Night Classes: 

2/19    Module 1:  Disaster Preparedness
2/26     Module 2:  Introduction to Fire Safety
3/5     Module 3:  Disaster Medical Operations 1
3/12    Module 4:  Disaster Medical Operations 2
3/19    Module 5:  CERT Organization
3/26     Module 6:  Light Search and Rescue
4/2  Module 7:  Disaster Psychology
4/9   Module 8:  Terrorism and CERT

Tuesday Night Classes: 

2/24       Module 1:  Disaster Preparedness
3/3         Module 2:  Introduction to Fire Safety
3/10         Module 3:  Disaster Medical Operations 1
3/17        Module 4:  Disaster Medical Operations 2
3/24        Module 5:  CERT Organization
3/31      Module 6:  Light Search and Rescue
4/7     Module 7:  Disaster Psychology
4/14      Module 8:  Terrorism and CERT

I want to find out more!

For more information about CERT Training, call Mark Penn at 703.746.5256.

900 Second Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.5093
TTY: 703.838.4896

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.