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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

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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
  • Terrorism

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.

Course Vacancies:

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.)


***If you require reasonable accommodations please let us know in full detail so we may fulfill your request.***

Upcoming Events and Trainings

Serve DC – FALL 2017 DC CERT Training
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 12, 14, 19, 21, 6:00pm-9:00pm  |  Sunday, September 24, 9:00am-5:00pm  (at CERT CON)
DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
UCC Media Center – 1st Floor
2720 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20032
DC CERT volunteer program trains residents to be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. The training is free and open to anyone who lives, works or congregates in the District of Columbia.
CERT Con 2017: Emergency Preparedness Runs in the Family   
Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24, 9:00am-5:00pm
Charles Herbert Flowers High School
10001 Ardwick Ardmore Rd.
Springdale, MD 20774
National CERT Con is on! We are excited to bring a host of basic refresher and advanced Emergency Management seminars and speakers to invigorate, educate and innovate your preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery to any natural or man-made disasters.
PrepareAthon! Day: Flood Preparation & Response, and the District Volunteer and Donations Management Plan Overview
Saturday, September 30, 8:00am-2:00pm
Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center
2000 14th Street, NW
Community Room
Washington, DC 20009
Hurricane and Flood Season has arrived and we should all be prepared. This response engagement session equips residents for preparing and responding to flood disasters. 
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. 
For more information about the DC CERT program call (202) 727-7941 or click here.

CERT is a program of Citizen Corps, a national initiative designed to foster a culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. Click here to learn more about national CERT initiatives.