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As a teen, there are probably a lot of things you're told you can't do. But there is one very important thing you CAN do: Learn to protect yourself, your family, and your friends in case of disaster. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a national program of volunteers trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response. Volunteers come from all ages and all walks of life, including teenagers like you! Through Teen CERT, you can serve your community and help take care of your school and home.

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Why Join?

Would you know what to do if an emergency struck your community or your school? Would you be ready to pitch in and assist until first responders arrive?

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What You'll Do

We all have a role to play in keeping our communities safe - no matter where you live, no matter who you are, no matter how you participate. What role will you play?


What You'll Learn

Through training, you will learn to: put out small fires, conduct light search and rescue, assist the injured, set up medical treatment areas, assist emergency responders, identify and anticipate hazards, reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace, and help reduce survivors stress. 

Campus CERT

CERT is on campus, too! Each CERT program may organize, manage, and coordinate one or multiple teams of volunteers within the area that it serves. 

A college or university campus often functions as a "city within a city," and often has its own emergency management capabilities. A Campus CERT program can support and enhance existing capabilities, and CERT volunteers can participate in efforts to increase the preparedness and resilience of the on-campus community. 

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