Free ArlCERT Basic Training will be offered to the community (groups and individuals) on the dates below:
Winter-Spring 2021 classes
- March 17 – April 10 – Class in English
- April 21 – June 2 – Clase en español
Trainings are held two times a year. English classes are held on four consecutive Wednesdays (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm) and four Saturday (9:00 am – 12 noon) for a total of eight sessions.
Spanish Language Classes are held once a week on Wednesdays (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm) for a total of seven sessions.
Due to COVID-19, classes are held online.
The cost is FREE and open to anyone on lives, works, attends school or a place of worship or volunteers extensively in Arlington County
Sign up to take ArlCERT course. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CERT members are expected to acquire certain supplies in addition to those that should be on hand in every household. A list of supplies is provided at the first CERT class. As some are provided by the County, students should not purchase them before that time.
Before an emergency, CERT members are expected to have an awareness of their own neighborhoods, and to predetermine possible evacuation sites that will facilitate effective, safe and rapid response to emergencies.
During a major emergency, where first responders are unable to respond immediately, CERT team members:
- Assume a leadership role.
- Assess situations and properly advise emergency responders when they arrive.
- Recognize the potential hazards associated with a particular type of event and take appropriate action.
- Take steps to get to safety and/or help others to do so in an organized fashion.
- Help identify staging areas for operations and triage.
- Help identify, organize and utilize local resources.
- Assist others with the emotional distress associated with major emergencies and disaster conditions.
- Administer first aid and/or triage casualties.
- Perform needs assessments, document and communicate needs to local authorities.
- Support effective and efficient allocation of emergency resources.
CERT members are activated:
- By an authorized Arlington County agency.
Those who complete the CERT training are expected to:
- Help prepare individuals and organizations in the neighborhood to take care of themselves in the event of a disaster by providing or facilitating education about emergency preparedness
- Be willing to help neighbors and the community in the event of a disaster, after assuring self and family safety
- Seek out and take advantage of opportunities to enhance emergency preparedness and disaster skills
- Be willing to participate in community events, drills and training others
- Participate in periodic team meetings to organize and maintain activities
- Review and adhere to CERT’s operating guidelines
Interested in joining CERT?
CERT Info Request