The CERT program is a partnership between first responders and the communities they serve. CERT training prepares people to take care of themselves and others during large scale emergencies.

CERT training equips individuals to care for themselves and work as a team to care for their neighborhood, school or surrounding community until help arrives. CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities in their own communities. Additional training is available for those who wish to augment their skills and there are many volunteer opportunities for projects to improve community emergency awareness and preparedness.

The following Kenai Peninsula communities have CERT members:

- Soldotna
- Sterling 
- Kenai
- Kasilof 
- Nikiski
- Ninilchik
- Anchor Point
- Homer
- Seward
- Tyonek

CERT training is ideal for neighborhoods, schools, clubs and organizations, businesses, or any group of people who find themselves physically in the same area.

Why would you want to take CERT training? Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, there can be an emergency or disaster that can overwhelm the community's immediate response capability. While adjacent jurisdictions, State and Federal resources can activate to help, there may be a delay for them getting to those who need them, particularly in Alaska. The primary reason for CERT training is to give people the decision-making, organizational, and practical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates while waiting for help. While people will respond to others in need without the training, the goal of the CERT program is to help people do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.

The Basic CERT course is about 30 hours and is offered in various communities throughout the year. The course includes 8 sessions:

Session 1: Disaster Preparedness
Session 2: Fire Suppression
Session 3 & 4: Disaster Medical Operations
Session 5: Light Search & Rescue
Session 6: Team Organization
Session 7: Disaster Psychology
Session 8: Disaster Drill