CERT: THE MIAMI BEACH COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
WHEN DISASTER CALLS – HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?
Miami Beach Emergency Management offers the FEMA-sponsored Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.
Following a large scale emergency, professional first responders may not be immediately available as they are tasked with multiple priorities. Through CERT training, individuals and organizations learn life-saving response skills to help each other until professionals arrive.
If you are interested in volunteering with the City of Miami Beach in any capacity (following a disaster or not) you are required to complete the CERT course.
CERT training is offered as a series of classes that total 24 hours, including a simulated disaster drill. Completion of all modules is necessary to obtain certification. Due to social distancing concerns, the course is now offered in a hybrid format, and 8 hours of the course can be completed by online independent study, followed by two 8-hour sessions of hands-on training.
Topics include the following:
- Hazard Identification & Disaster Preparedness
- Response Team Organization and Communication
- Fire Safety and Suppression
- Light Search and Rescue
- Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment
- Disaster Medical Operations
- Terrorism Awareness
- Disaster Psychology and Emotional Impacts
- Comprehensive Final Drill
If you are interested in the CERT Training and/or have a question, please email your interest to DEM@miamibeachfl.gov with the subject line “CERT interest.” Include your name and contact information (phone number, home address and email). This is only an interest submittal. Email does not constitute enrollment for any class or session. You will be contacted to confirm your interest in the program as the training classes approaches.