Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)

CERT LogoHistory of Program
The CERT concept dates back to 1985, when the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) recognized that in the early stages of a disaster - earthquakes in particular - local emergency responders would be overwhelmed, and basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of community members to survive until responders or other assistance arrived.

Recognizing the universal value of this program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) worked in conjunction with the LAFD to make the CERT program applicable to all types of hazards and developed a CERT training program which could be used nationwide and adapted to meet local conditions when the need arose.

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 remind us that disaster can strike anywhere or anytime, and that basic safety and disaster survival skills can mean the difference between life and death. CERT training empowers community members to prepare responsibly and respond appropriately when emergencies occur. 

alt textBranson's CERT Team
Branson’s CERT Team is comprised of dozens of local residents from various neighborhoods and large commercial business such as resort properties that have been trained in eight core areas including:
  • Basic First Aid
  • CERT Organization
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Light Search and Rescue Techniques
  • National Incident Management System
  • Small – Fire Suppression
  • Terrorism Awareness
If you would like to learn more about serving on the Branson CERT team, contact us at 417-243-2780 or by email.