What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates citizens 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.
After attending the Youth Preparedness Camp, participants could do the following during an emergency:
- Organize volunteers
- Assist in evacuations
- Help reduce survivor stress
- Provide damage assessment information
- Participate in disaster drills and exercises
- Present fire safety education
- Assist in preparedness outreach
- Help address safety issues at school
Learn more about FEMAs Teen CERT here.
The Youth Preparedness Camp is a multi-day training event that includes all meals, lodging, CERT training materials, supplies, equipment, and CERT gear. The Youth Preparedness Camps encourages teambuilding and networking, develops leadership skills, and provides the FEMA Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) basic training and certification.
We are excited to offer 20 scholarships to the 2023 CERT Youth Preparedness Camp. These scholarships cover all expenses for the camp. The only cost to attend the camp is the $10 registration fee and transportation to/from ATU. To apply for camp, please complete the application. If you apply after June 2, please also email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your application.