Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) kits are a set of supplies designed to be used in emergency situations such as fires and earthquakes. Starter CERT kits usually contain a barrel bag or backpack, a hard hat, clear impact goggles, heavy duty work gloves, a green 12-hour light stick, mesh vest with reflective tape, a large solar blanket, a D-cell flashlight, batteries, a 15-inch pry bar, and a lumber crayon. Advanced CERT kits contain everything in the starter version, with the addition of a 14-in-one tool, a cotton vest with reflective tape, knee pads, gas shut off, a dust mask, 10-yard duct tape, whistle, 300-foot caution tape, rope, three 4.225-oz water pouches, and a first aid kit.
What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team or CERT is an all-risk, all-hazard training program partnered with the Citizen Corps and the Department of Homeland Security. It is designed to help protect you and your community when an emergency situation arises. It uses a positive approach on disaster and emergency situations, particularly when people are on their own while waiting for help. While people may respond to others in need without CERT training, the goal of the program is to ensure that any response to help will be done efficiently without placing anyone in danger. With CERT training, you will be taught to: