Community Emergency Response Teams

Rensselaer County is supported by FEMA in training and supporting Community Emergency Response Teams, which can work in our community to help respond to various natural disasters, and help our neighbors be better prepared.  If you are interested in getting involved, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

CERT Concept:

CERT members come from neighborhood, workplace, or other community organizations. Members join because they want to learn how to better prepare for hazards that threaten their homes and communities. They want to protect their families, themselves, and their communities.

The CERT Program began by training community members for earthquake response operations. Under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the CERT Program has grown to cover all types of disasters in communities around the country.

As a CERT member, you will become an active participant in learning about hazards and preparing for them. After training, you may be called upon to support emergency services following a disaster. [FEMA]

Join a CERT in Rensselaer County!

We are organizing a group of people to take the training to become full members of the Rensselaer County CERT. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.  This training will consist of roughly 24 hours of evening or weekend classes, and will prepare you to help respond in a wide variety of emergency situations.

There is also an introductory training available online for those who want to get a head start. Check it out here.

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