CERT: THE MIAMI BEACH COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
CERT-MBTeam What is a community emergency response team? CERT is a group of neighbors that receives special training that enhances their ability to recognize, respond to and recover from a major emergency or disaster situation. CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations. Through training, residents can manage utilities and put out small fires; provide basic medical aid; perform light search, rescue; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective. CERT members increase their neighborhood’s disaster readiness; perform triage and provide emergency medical services to the injured; perform light search and rescue operations; extinguish small fires and teach fire safety; assess damage after a disaster; and organize procurement of supplies.
Miami Beach Fire Department has partnered with Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management to provide CERT classes to the residents of Miami Beach. There is no cost for the classes and we are planning to hold two sessions a year – one in the spring and one in the fall. Please refer to the links below for class schedule, registration and additional information. Qualified CERTs will be linked with their local resident association and will report to a team that works with the neighboring fire station in the event of an emergency.