Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trains members of our community to safely respond to local emergencies such as winter storms, floods, wild fires, earthquakes or tsunamis.

In the event of an emergency, first responders — police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians — are the best trained and equipped to respond to a disaster. However, some emergencies or disasters overwhelm our communities’ immediate response capabilities.

CERT training gives volunteers the decision-making, organization and practical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members and neighbors while waiting for help. CERT members learn about potential threats and are able to take the proper steps to lessen the effect of potential hazards. With training and practice and by working as a team, CERT members focus on providing the greatest good to the greatest number, with safety as their number one priority.

Members drill regularly throughout the year and participate in community events by providing traffic control, distributing safety information and helping with security.

Training for new Nehalem Bay CERT members is offered twice each year, and a disaster simulation exercise qualifies new CERT members. CERT volunteers are trained in disaster first aid, triage, light search and rescue, fire safety, community and personal preparedness, disaster psychology and the Incident Command System.

Nehalem Bay CERT holds five bimonthly meetings each year in the months of February, April, June, August and October. There is no training meeting in December.  Check the EVCNB calendar for specific dates and times.

In addition to these classes, we ask all CERT members to take the National Incident Management Training classes ICS 700, ICS 100, ICS 200 and IS 315, available online.

To learn of other upcoming training opportunities, please visit our EVCNB calendar.

For more information or to get involved, contact the CERT supervisor at cert@evcnb.org

Learn more at fema.gov and ready.gov