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Community Emergency Response Team - CERT

Welcome to the Lake Royale CERT program. 
The Lake Royale CERT program exists to support the mission of the U.S. Department
of Homeland Defense.

What is CERT?  
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be
better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When
emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders,
provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a
disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help
improve the safety of the community.

The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders and
community members who have completed a CERT train-the-trainer course conducted
by their state training office for emergency management, or Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in
Emmitsburg, MD. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire
suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations
and terrorism awareness.

CERT History  
As we set in motion the CERT program for Lake Royale which is one of hundreds of
community's nationwide offering this training. CERT training promotes a partnership
between emergency services and citizens of communities throughout the district. 
The goal of CERT is to train members of our neighborhoods, community organizations
and workplaces in basic disaster survival skills.

The Community Emergency Response Team concept was developed and implemented
by the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985.   The Whittier Narrows
earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in
California.   Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their
immediate needs.   As a result, the LAFD created the Disaster Preparedness Division

with the purpose of training citizens and private and government employees.
Currently there are thousands of CERT teams around the United States.

After a disaster, first responders (fire and police) and other government service
providers are overwhelmed.   Public services cannot be delivered everywhere that
help is needed. Experience has shown that in a disaster setting, ordinary citizens
make over 80 per cent of successful rescues as they respond to the emergency in
their community.   However, many untrained volunteer rescuers actually may cause
harm or become injured in the process.

What You'll Learn



  •  The types of hazards most likely to affect your home and community

  •  The function of CERT and your role in the immediate response

  •  How to take steps to prepare for a disaster

  •  How to identify and reduce potential fire hazards in your home and workplace

  •  How to work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety     measures to extinguish a burning liquid

  •  How to apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding and treating shock

  •  How to conduct triage under simulated conditions

  •  How to perform head-to-toe assessments

  •  How to select and set up a treatment area

  •  How to employ basic treatments for various wounds

  •  How to identify, plan and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations

  •  How to use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication

  •  The most common techniques for searching a structure


Become A Volunteer

Thank you for your interest i​​n the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

Lake Royale CERT has established the following process to ensure a candidate is the best fit, committed to our mission, and will make a positive impact on the organization as well as the communities we support.  You can join as an Affiliated CERT Volunteer – noncertified and always assigned to a   Certified CERT Member or  a Certified CERT member who has complete a 20-hour Basic CERT course.

LR CERT Volunteer Process: 

Volunteer Application

1.    Complete and Submit a Volunteer Application
2.    Complete the Required Training (if desired to be certified member)
3.    In order to join fill out your Volunteer application, then save it and send it via e-mail to:       

CERT Basic Training | Disaster Skills & Community Preparedness (

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