Natural Disasters: Community Emergency Teams (1)

Emergency preparedness skills can include a lot more than just basic first aid and CPR.

The national Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their local community and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

By completing the CERT program, you learn skills to help yourself and your family as well as how to help your neighbors and community.

J.J. Surbeck, President of the CERT program in Encinitas, California, got involved with CERT because of where he lives (potential earthquakes). Below is our interview with J.J. - he explains what CERT is, how he got involved and the lifesaving skills you can learn through the CERT program.

Listen here (Quicktime):
- What is CERT? (part 1)

- Most areas have a CERT program. Learn more about CERT and find training programs in your area.

Thanks J.J.!

We have are more tips from experts like J.J. on preparing for natural disasters - just click on Get Prepared in any of the natural disasters we have listed.

Updated: 5/2009