Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
A CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team, is a ready group of organized and trained volunteers that respond to disasters, most often within their local community.
When disaster strikes a community, CERT members are called to deploy at the discretion of the Worcester Emergency Management Division. CERT members may be asked to conduct wellness checks on neighbors, provide psychological comfort to those affected following a disaster, participate in emergency shelter operations, parking assistance at large scale events and other emergency support functions as determined by Worcester Emergency Management.
The CERT program prepares volunteers to become more self-reliant and prepared for any emergency that may impact their community by offering a 20 hour classroom training that combines hands-on training with written curriculum. The training is provided by volunteer "subject matter" experts, such as public safety personnel.
Participation in the CERT program is voluntary. All liability is assumed by the volunteer in the event of an unfortunate occurrence.