Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
In Los Angeles, there are more than four million people in the city every day, whether they’re residents or visitors. The diverse nature of the city, not to mention more than 470 square miles of geography, make a high risk situation in the event of a major disaster. Thankfully, the city has not suffered the types of catastrophic earthquake, flood, and other FEMA categorized events that can bring a city to its knees. To ensure that the population has the best possible chance of surviving a disaster and thriving afterward, the LAFD supports and trains residents to be disaster first responders. The program is called Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT.
Anyone in good health and with a sense of community can become a part of CERT. If you become a CERT member, you will learn about important life-safety support techniques. You will, however, not be expected to place yourself in dangerous situations, either in the training or when a disaster strikes.
Source: LAFD Cert