CERT (The Community Emergency Response Team) is an emergency preparedness program supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Following a series of earthquakes in the U.S. and Mexico that left hundreds dead, injured and without emergency services, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) recognized that well-trained civilian emergency work force teams are vital for disaster situations when the scope of incidents overwhelm conventional emergency services. Using the model created by LAFD in 1985, FEMA began promoting nationwide implementation of the CERT concept in 1994. Since then, CERT’s have been established in hundreds of communities in the U.S.
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