Why would you want to take CERT training?   Do you want to help during emergencies that affect your community but don't know how to get involved?

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 cities, boroughs, 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, and neighbors while waiting for additional help to arrive. 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 CERT program was designed as a grassroots initiative and specifically structured so that the local and state program managers have the flexibility to form their programs in the way that best suits their communities. CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during non-emergency events as well. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide, with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program.

The following Kenai Peninsula communities have CERT members:

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

 

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