What is CERT? The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are residents of Hamilton County that are trained to be prepared for emergency situations in their community and neighborhood. CERT members give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, manager the evacuation shelter, collect important disaster information and provide that first neighborhood help in the immediate hours following a major emergency.A CERT team is made up of your neighbors and business colleagues whose actions make a difference. Following a 21-hour basic training program and ongoing trainings, the team can manage utilities, put out small fires, provide lifesaving interventions, perform basic search and rescue operations, plus assist in damage assessment, evacuation and rapid sheltering. Contact Hamilton County Emergency Management at 386-792-6647 to find out about classes and how your neighborhood can learn to work together.