About CERT

Trained volunteers from the community assisting emergency service personnel during large natural disasters.


In February of 1985, a group of Los Angeles City officials went to Japan to study its extensive earthquake preparedness plans. The group encountered an extremely homogenous society that had taken extensive steps to train entire neighborhoods in one aspect of alleviating the potential devastation that would follow a major earthquake. These single-function neighborhood teams were trained in either fire suppression, light search and rescue operations, first aid, or evacuation.

In September of 1985, a Los Angeles City investigation team was sent to Mexico City following an earthquake there that registered a magnitude 8.1 on the Richter scale and killed more than 10,000 people and injured more than 30,000. Mexico City had no training program for citizens prior to the disaster. However, large groups of volunteers organized themselves and performed light search and rescue operations. Volunteers are credited with more than 800 successful rescues; unfortunately, more than 100 of these untrained volunteers died during the 15-day rescue operation.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) decided to make the concept and program available to communities nationwide. The Emergency Management Institute (EMI), in cooperation with the LAFD, expanded the CERT materials to make them applicable to all hazards.
In January 2002, CERT became part of the Citizen Corps, a unifying structure to link a variety of related volunteer activities to expand a community's resources for crime prevention and emergency response.
As of January 2004, 50 states, three territories and six foreign countries are using the CERT training.
June of 2006 Barrow County completed training and certification of  it’s first six CERT members.
Barrow County CERT has trained 54 people in the CERT program and is currently conducting its seventh training class.
Barrow County CERT has been busy this year-2010.
Barrow County CERT has been busy this year-2011.
Barrow County CERT has been busy this year-2012.
Barrow County CERT has been busy this year-2013.
Barrow County CERT has been busy this year-2014.
Barrow County CERT has been busy this year-2015.
Barrow County CERT has been busy this year-2016.
Barrow County CERT has been busy this year-2017.