In most emergencies, the first people to assist are often neighbors, friends, and co-workers. Neighbors, not professional first responders, typically perform 70% of all rescues in major disasters. The Boston Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains residents to prepare for, and respond to, emergencies in their communities.
The Boston CERT program is a component of Boston's community preparedness initiative, ReadyBoston, which encourages individuals to create a plan, make a kit, be informed and GET INVOLVED.
Through CERT, residents learn skills and concepts that prepare them to assist victims, organize volunteers, and help their communities recover in the aftermath of a disaster. Upon completion of the CERT program, paricipants join a team of volunteers who are ready and able to take action to prepare and protect your community.