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Kitsap Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Kitsap Community Emergency Response Team



The Kitsap County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is based on the National CERT program and educates Kitsap County citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, utility safety, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, Kitsap CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Kitsap CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management invites citizens who live or work in the county to become a certified member of our team through completion of CERT courses. The classes follow the program developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are offered in cities and counties across the United States. Aimed at equipping our community to prepare for and respond to disasters relevant to our area, this model teaches neighborhood residents how to help each other in the first few minutes, hours or days following a disaster – before emergency responders are able to render professional help.


  What can CERT's learn? Watch these videos to see what you can learn!

Kitsap County CERT Members are invited to participate in different events going on in Kitsap County this year! Please contact your Program Manager Ken Hulet for details on upcoming events!