​Planning Community Involvement

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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CERT is a community based organization of residents who learn how to take emergency response actions in safe ways until the professional emergency responders can respond. In Palm Beach County, CERT is operated out of many of the community neighborhoods and HOA’s. Each team works together to prepare for and respond to emergencies when call on.

In the aftermath of a major disaster such as a hurricane, emergency crews are quickly overwhelmed, causing delays of hours or even days. For these reasons, Palm Beach County Emergency Management offers the Community Emergency Response Team training course. The basic training course consists of 24 hours of training.

Training is at NO COST to YOU, the volunteer, and you receive the equipment you will need to help your community!

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Training covers:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Light Fire Suppression
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Team Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism




In 2022, Palm Beach County launched the TEEN CERT program for youth between the ages of 13-17 years of age. Teens receive the same training and equipment their adult counterparts receive AND can earn community service volunteer hours towards high school graduation! Teens who participate in the CERT program also have the opportunity to join the FEMA Youth Preparedness Council!


Palm Beach County provides Basic CERT training for adults and teens throughout the year. Training is at NO COST to the volunteer and is paid for through federal, state, and local grants. Exercises and drills are conducted to help enhance volunteers knowledge and skills.

UPCOMING ​TRAINING  - To be announced soon

To register for training or for more information call 561-712-6400

Citizen Corps

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CERT is one of many programs under Citizen Corps. There are many other ways you can Get Involved by volunteering!

Fire Corps
Neighborhood Watch
Medical Reserve Corps (MCR)
Volunteers in Police Program


Click here for volunteer and internship opportunities

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