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ACS Supports Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

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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, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Several ACS members are certified CERT members and ACS supports CERT by assisting in their training program. ACS encourages CERT members to become licensed Amateur Radio Operators to improve their CERT communications capabilities and once licensed, to become ACS members to help provide Emergency Communications for Sarasota County during county-wide emergency situations.

CERT Communications Course

Working with Sarasota County Emergency Management, ACS developed a CERT Communications Module which is now taught as part of the regular CERT training course. We can provide the training materials for others wishing to use it in their own CERT training classes.