Interested in Helping Your Community? Become a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, CERT.
Purpose of CERT
The Colonial Heights CERT serves three main purposes. First, it helps residents make their communities safer from emergencies and disasters by getting them involved in preparedness efforts. Second, CERT training teaches interested citizens how to provide help for their family and neighbors in emergency situations – whether caused by terrorism, technological disasters or severe weather. Third, CERT augments existing City resources in response and recovery efforts should an emergency arise.
CERT members will be trained and maintained as part of a neighborhood or workplace response team. Members will receive training in the basic skills needed immediately following a major disaster, when emergency services may not be available and when residents may have to rely on each other for life-saving and life-sustaining needs. CERT training will include disaster preparedness and response, basic fire safety, first aid, search and rescue techniques, and terrorism preparedness.