Serve DC’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program trains citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can provide critical support to first responders, immediate assistance to victims and can help organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the community safety.
CERT training is free and open to anyone who lives, works or congregates in the District of Columbia. Classes include:
- Disaster Preparedness
- Fire Safety
- Medical Operations and First Aid
- Search and Rescue
- Disaster Psychology
Enrollment for DC CERT Courses:
Participants can apply to any time up to 2 weeks before the start of the course. For participants who apply early, acceptances will be sent 4 weeks prior to the start of the course. Dates for courses can be accessed online only. The DC CERT Admissions Staff will review the applications as they are received and notify applicants regarding their status. Once accepted into the course, participants will receive an acceptance letter with further instructions regarding any other matters.
In an effort to fill DC CERT courses, vacancies will be updated frequently and posted on the DC CERT registration website and qualified personnel may apply. DC CERT will fill vacancies on a first-come, first-served basis with maximum cohort size being based on the number of trainers for that course. (NOTE: for anyone not selected into their desired course, they will automatically be waitlisted and offered the next class.)
"ARE YOU READY?"
***If you require reasonable accommodations please let us know in full detail so we may fulfill your request.***
Upcoming Events and Trainings
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 12, 14, 19, 21, 6:00pm-9:00pm | Sunday, September 24, 9:00am-5:00pm (at CERT CON)
Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24, 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, September 30, 8:00am-2:00pm
The District Volunteer and Donations Management Plan provides guidance for the engagement and coordination of volunteers, volunteer services, and donations management prior to and during emergencies. Come provide resident input into how residents will be engaged.