Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Following a disaster, community members may be on their own for a period of time because of the size of the area affected, lost communications, and impassable roads.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program supports local response capability by training volunteers to provide immediate assistance to victims and to collect disaster intelligence to support responders’ efforts when they arrive.

In the classroom, participants learn about the hazards they face and ways to prepare for them. CERT members are taught basic organizational skills that they can use to help themselves, their loved ones, and their neighbors until help arrives.

Guilford County Emergency Management sponsors CERT training in the community. Training consists of 24 hours of instruction on topics that include disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster psychology. Upon completion of the training, participants are encouraged to continue their involvement by participating in training activities and volunteering for projects that support their community’s disaster preparedness efforts.

Team Startup Information

  1. Guilford County Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) will be coordinated and trained at the neighborhood or workplace level.
  2. All prospective neighborhood organizations or groups that desire training must have a minimum of 12 individuals sixteen years of age or older committed to the full CERT curriculum in effect at the time of the start date of the course. All persons attending training must be capable of meeting the physical demands of the training. Disability accommodations will be provided at the fullest extent of federal, state, local laws and county polices. No person registered as a sex offender in any state in the U.S. will be allowed to participate in the training or function in any capacity in a CERT organization in Guilford County.
  3. Individuals not affiliated with a neighborhood or workplace group that are seeking the training will be admitted on a case by case basis into already scheduled neighborhood based classes.
  4. All instructors, materials, and equipment will be provided at no charge for participants pending available funding.

For additional information on CERT, visit or contact Guilford County Emergency Management at 641-2278 or by email at