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Community Emergency Response Teams
Helping Communities During Disasters & Emergencies
Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.

What We Do

CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the CERT training, citizens learn to:
  • Collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts
  • Controlling bleeding and treating for shock
  • Manage utilities and put out small fires
  • Organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective
  • Provide basic medical aid
  • Search for and rescue victims safely
  • Treat the three medical killers by opening airways

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Shelby County, Alabama
200 West College St.
Columbiana, AL 35051
Ph: (205) 670-6550