Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Thank you for your interest in CERT Basic Training! The program is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who lives, works, or owns a business in the City of Alexandria. (If you live in Arlington County or Fairfax County, we can put you in touch with those CERT programs to take their training.)
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. The CERT program educates you to prepare yourself, your family, and your community to address hazards that may impact the City of Alexandria and to respond to emergency situations. Learn basic disaster response skills such as damage assessment after a disaster, triage and giving first aid to victims, extinguishing small fires, performing light search and rescue, and providing much needed assistance in times of crisis. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders by providing immediate assistance to victims and organizing 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.
I want to find out more!
The next basic CERT course will take place in Fall 2022 and will be a hybrid course (in person and virtual class sessions). For more information about CERT training, call or email Acting Emergency Manager Ray Whatley at 703.746.5266 or email@example.com.
Register for CERT Training
Registration for the Fall 2022 session of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is now open. You MUST register before attending class. The deadline to register is Monday, September 5. Class details will be sent registered participants on Tuesday, September 6.
Participants are required to attend all classes and the final exercises in order to graduate. Classes are Thursday evenings, 7 pm - 10 pm. They are a mix of Zoom sessions and in-person sessions. Add all dates to your calendar:
- September 8 via Zoom
- September 15 via Zoom
- September 22 at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
- September 29 via Zoom
- October 6 via Zoom
- October 13 at the EOC)
- October 20 via Zoom
Skills exercises and graduation will be held Saturday, October 29, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This will be in-person. If you are unable to attend these classes, another course will be held in Spring 2023.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.746.5266.
We look forward to you joining Alexandria CERT!