CERT training, as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for qualified CERT instructors to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, these individuals would provide assistance to their community if emergency services were delayed in response.
York County currently has more than 40 certified CERT Instructors and over 1000 CERT team members. Classes are conducted on the basis of demand. Each member who graduates from the class receives a CERT backpack full of response tools. The class is free to the participant. If you are CERT member, you can update your contact information at our CERT database.
You must obtain a criminal background check before being considered. You can obtain a criminal background check here. There is no cost as a volunteer. You must return the results of the background check to the CERT Instructor on the first day of the class.
Franklin Twp is holding a CERT class beginning Aug 31. See this brochure for more details.