The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is an all-volunteer community group who teaches the community 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.
Hamilton County CERT
CERT Teams have been in Hamilton County since the early 2000s, primarily based in municipalities, and sponsored by Fire Departments. The present Program was started in November 2010
There are over 250 trained CERT volunteers believed to reside in the County
Interest groups: Damage Assessment, Amateur (ham) radio, Medical Unit, Command/General Staff positions and support
Local teams: Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield
Open to the Public
Free basic disaster response skills training
Upon completion of training course. Receive a CERT backpack with basic disaster response equipment