Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Learn how to prepare for the unexpected by taking the FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training from the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency (SC EM-HS) & City of Memphis Office of Emergency Management (OEM). CERT students learn life-saving skills; gain a new confidence that they will know what do before, during and after a disaster. And be able to assist family, neighbors, and co-workers until the professional rescuers arrive on the scene.

CERT training is presented through lectures, videos, and hands-on exercises to teach students what to do before, during, and after a disaster.


  • Fire Suppression (Extinguish a small fire with an ABC fire extinguisher)
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Medical Triage and First Aid
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Disaster Preparation (Learn how to create a "go kit" for home, work, and auto)
  • Terrorism
  • Light Search and Rescue

This is a 16-hour course taught over 2 days. Students must attend both Saturdays to obtain a certificate.

Age Limits

Participants must be 18 years of age, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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