Community Emergency Response Team


Volunteer Training for Local Community Preparedness

When there is an emergency or disaster, first responders can become overwhelmed or have a delayed response due to damaged infrastructure. If you were a bystander and someone needed you to take simple life-saving measures, would you know what to do? If you’d like to learn important lifesaving skills and make a tremendous difference in your community, then the Community Emergency Response Team program is for you!

The Newport News Division of Emergency Management is currently enrolling new volunteers who would like to join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Participants will learn the principles of disaster preparedness, medical operations, fire safety, disaster psychology, light search and rescue, terrorism and CERT. 

Getting Started

There is no cost to citizens to take the CERT course. Enrollment is open to all Newport News residents 18 or over who complete a background check. The class size is limited to no more than 25 students. Please only register for this course if you intend to complete it.

If you were having an emergency, wouldn’t you want the person standing next to you to be CERT trained? Be that person and join us to perform the greatest good for the greatest number!