I am a member of my town's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

I also started a web forum about CERT teams, for information exchange and camaraderie between CERTs nationwide. CERT Forums is an independant resource for the community and is not affialiated with FEMA, Citizen Corps, or any official organization.