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The CERT Story

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

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Local Training

Classes are held over 7 Tuesday nights during which you learn about: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Suppression, First Aid Treatments, Medical Operations, Search and Rescue Skills, Team Organization, Disaster Psychology along with a hands-on simulation! Take CERT training for yourself, your family, and your community. A CERT member is trained to prepare for and respond after a disaster to provide assistance in their neighborhood.

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Join Plainfield CERT

To inquire about Plainfield CERT, email the Plainfield Emergency Management Agency at cert@plainfieldema.org or download and fill out the membership application:

CERT Application Form

The Culture of Preparedness

Since 1993, CERT has impacted communities across the country, building essentials skills and capabilities to prepare for and respond to any disaster. There are now CERT programs in all 50 states, including many tribal nations and U.S. territories; each unique to its community but all essential to building a Culture of Preparedness.

The CERT program was designed as a grassroots initiative and specifically structured so that the local and state program managers have the flexibility to form their programs in the way that best suits their communities. CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during non-emergency events as well. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide, with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program.