City of Grand Rapids CERT Program

Community Emergency Response Team logo with CERT in large, bold letters

What is CERT?

The CERT Program is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program trains volunteers to assist their families, neighbors, and community members during emergencies when professional responders may not be immediately available to provide assistance.

CERT is a community based volunteer effort and is a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Citizen Corps program.

Why Join CERT?

  • Learn decision-making, organization, and practical skills
  • Better understand the potential threats to your community
  • Build strong relationships with local emergency responders
  • Help your community year round through outreach and preparedness

What Skills Will I Learn?

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire Safety / Utility Controls
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Team Organization
  • Disaster Medical Operations

Level One Training

This is a one-time prerequisite session for the CERT Training curriculum. This session describes CERT, outlines volunteer expectations and personal preparedness. No commitment required!

Level Two Training

This is the CERT program course. It's a 7 week training curriculum (approx. 20 hours total) designed to train volunteers for disaster preparedness and response.

Who Should Volunteer for CERT?

Anyone interested in taking an active role in community preparedness! Some other groups that would benefit:

  • Anyone that is 18 years of age or older
  • Neighborhood Watch groups
  • Community leaders
  • Communities of Faith

When Does CERT Start?

The CERT Program is launching in Fall 2023! Level one training and locations will be announced later this summer.

Complete this contact form, or reach out to our Program Manager, to be contacted when registration starts.