Islamorada Fire Rescue and Emergency Management Department provides a Community Emergency Response (CERT) program to train people to be prepared for emergency situations in their community and neighborhood and support local emergency management officials. Additionally, the CERT members would provide critical support to the Village EOC and first responders in emergencies, provide immediate assistance to victims, collect disaster information to support first responder efforts and provide that first neighborhood help in the immediate hours following a major emergency.

Activities conducted by our CERT during emergencies activations: 
  Provide First Responders support

  Residential / Neighborhood checks
  Managing / processing supplies or donations
  Initial damage assessment
  Staffing Emergency Operating Center
  Staffing shelters
  Community relations / Distribution of emergency information to public

Non-emergency functions performed by CERT members: 
  Support for emergency planning (neighborhoods, schools, community)

  Support for public safety at community events
  Emergency preparedness activities

Who can join our Team? 
  General public

  Specific neighborhood groups
  Critical infrastructure sectors (e.g., utilities, public transportation)
  Government groups
  Faith-based organizations
  Teens / Youth 
  People with disabilities

Training Requirements for CERT members
  IS-100.a Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)
  IS-200.a ICS for Single Resources
  IS-317: Introduction to CERTs
  IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction
  Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)
  CERT Basic Training (Approx 20 hrs of classroom)

CERT 0n-Line Training
  Click here for CERT on-line training

CERT On-line Resources:  
  CERT National News Letters

Contact us for more information:
Islamorada CERT