24. CERT Online Refresher Training

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its local partner agencies have been offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for just over a decade.  In areas where disasters are frequent or common CERT teams thrive, but in regions where disasters are rarer these teams have languished or even disappeared entirely.

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) has been offering an independent study course, Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams, for many years as IS-317 (http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-317).  This course was updated last month to also serve as a refresher for those who have received a classroom version of the CERT training at some time in the past.

Whether you are new to the CERT concept or have taken CERT training some years ago, it can’t hurt to spend a few hours taking or retaking this revised version of IS-317.  Many of the skills learned here can be used in an emergency whether your community has a formal CERT organization or not.