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Community Emergency Response Team

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is a critical component in the effort to engage every person in America toward helping make their communities safer, more prepared and more resilient when incidents occur.

The Gwinnett CERT program is managed by the Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and includes Initial CERT Training and CERT Volunteer opportunities. The National CERT program has evolved considerably since its inception nearly 30 years ago and Gwinnett County’s program is customized to provide the greatest benefit to our residents. We are very much focused on individual preparedness and CERT basic training will teach the skills needed to provide assistance in your homes, neighborhoods, and local communities until first responders arrive. The aim is to teach you how to take care of yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a disaster, not train an on-call team of volunteers. The training is free. 


CERT Training

Our program covers learning objectives included in the FEMA CERT Basic Training Curriculum. The topics taught over five evening sessions are:

  • Planning and Preparedness: Introduction to disasters specific to Gwinnett County, Family Disaster Plans and building a kit.
  • Fire Safety: Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards and basic fire suppression.
  • Disaster Response, Part I: Search, triage, the treatment of life-threatening conditions and rescue techniques.
  • Disaster Response, Part II: Head-to-toe patient assessment and treatment of various injuries.
  • Recovery: Planning to recover CERT organization, how CERT relates to the Incident Command System and disaster psychology. 

One Saturday morning:

  • Final Exercise: A realistic disaster simulation designed to reinforce the skills learned in class.

CERT Volunteers

CERT volunteers can be utilized for support in emergency or non-emergency situations. Requests for assistance will be coordinated through the Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management. In the aftermath of a disaster, CERT volunteers may assist at an event that occurs in close proximity to their physical location, such as their neighborhood or place of work, when professional emergency services are not immediately available. Gwinnett CERT volunteers are NOT authorized to self-deploy to an emergency that they hear about on the radio, television, scanner, social media, etc.  

Public Safety organizations can request assistance from CERT Volunteers for non-emergency public safety activities.  Requests of this type are made through and approved by the Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management.


Application Process

All applicants must be at least 18 years old. To register for an upcoming class or receive additional information, please email EMA@gwinnettcounty.com and put "CERT Training" in the subject line.