Why a DIY CERT
"CERTs are formed by members of a neighborhood or workplace who want to be better prepared for the hazards that threaten their communities. "
FEMA "Starting & Maintaining a CERT Program", Page 2: Overview
"The best source of help in an emergency or disaster is the paid or volunteer professional responder. But, if they are not available to address immediate life-saving needs or to protect property, CERT members can help. CERTs are not intended to replace a community's response capability, but rather, to serve as an important supplement to it. "
FEMA "Starting & Maintaining a CERT Program", Page 3: CERT Standards & Protocol
- The history and evolution of CERT and Emergency Management
- The roles of various government and volunteer organizations
and when and how your CERT would interact with them
- Why your CERT should be in compliance with the latest federal,
state and local government direction, guidance, laws and statutes
- Attitudes and relationships of these organizations at the local level