Community Emergency Response Team
Volunteer Training for Local Community Preparedness
The Newport News Division of Emergency Management is currently enrolling new volunteers who would like to join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT volunteers receive training in basic emergency skills in a one week period. There are three levels of CERT involvement:
- CERT-B (Basic)
- CERT-B members receive the basic CERT training, but do not wish to receive further training or be activated during an emergency to help the community to recover.
- CERT-I (Intermediate)
- CERT-I members receive the basic CERT training, and wish to be activated to help within the City serving on one of the following specialty teams; Pet Sheltering, Points-of-Distribution, Logistics, Outreach, Virtual Ops Support Team, Administration, or Training.
- CERT-A (Advanced)
- CERT-A members want to serve on more than one specialty team to help our community to prepare for and recover from emergencies and disasters. The training is free and is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
There is no cost to take the CERT course and enrollment is open to all Newport News residents 18 or over and complete a background check. The class size is limited to no more than 25 students.
Registration forms can be obtained by either calling the Newport News Division of Emergency Management at 757-269-2904 or downloading the form below.Download Application
CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic emergency skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area such as…
Logistics Team & Pet Shelter Team
The Logistics Team sets up the Pet Shelter. The Pet Shelter team monitors evacuees’ cats and/or dogs in the shelter. CERT’s do not handle or walk the pets. Teams are typically established on 12-hour shifts for approximately two days, but shifts can be split if the emergency event allows safe travel to and from the shelter.
The Points-of-Distribution Team is deployed during the recovery phase of a disaster. Its mission is to hand out supplies, such as water and tarps, following a disaster. Teams learn how to establish a Points-of-Distribution site and works with City officials to help the community to recover more quickly.
The Outreach Team works at numerous community events to help with the One City Marathon, 5K runs, provide cooling stations at sports events, perform public speaking, and provide disaster preparedness information to the public. This team does a great job in recruiting new members to the CERT program.
The Training Team develops supplemental training to keep CERT skills fresh. Advanced training in Search and Rescue, Triage, Medical Treatment, and Points-of-Distribution are ongoing throughout the year. The Administrative Team supports all program activities, updates websites, and Facebook pages. No matter what your level of interest is in CERT, there is something for everyone to help build a more resilient community!