CERT training is a program designed to give ordinary citizens the knowledge and basic equipment needed to care for themselves, their families and their community following a disaster or terrorist act.
The program has eight topics covering:
- Basic disaster preparedness
- Basic first aid and medical training
- Fire suppression
- Search and rescue
- Weapons of mass destruction
- Terrorism awareness
- Instruction on team organization and disaster psychology
The training concludes with a live disaster simulation where students are given the opportunity to put their skill to work.