CERTs have been used to distribute and/or install smoke alarms, replace smoke alarm batteries in the homes of the elderly, distribute disaster education material, and provide services at special events such as parades, sporting events, concerts, and more.
However, there can be an emergency or disaster that can overwhelm the community's immediate response capabilities.
While adjacent jurisdictions and state and federal resources can activate to help, there may be a delay for them getting to those who need them.
The primary reason for CERT training is to give people the decision-making, organizational, and practical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates while waiting for help.
While people will respond to others in need without the training, the goal of the CERT program is to help people do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills.