CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability of their area.
Following a disaster, 1st responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand of these services. Factors such as number of victims, communications failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911.
The citizens may have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life save and life sustaining needs. CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. Finally, CERT members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.