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FEMA's Introduction to CERT Class Now Available for Online Independent Study on EMI Website

Date: 2014-07-17
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Independent Study – 317, Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) has recently been added to the Emergency Management Institute’s catalog of free online course offerings. As part of the process of making the course available through EMI, we have made several technical fixes to IS-317 in response to feedback we received from many users over the past several months. Thank you for helping us to make this a better resource.

We will still be featuring a link to IS-317 on the main CERT page at, but that will now redirect users to the appropriate page at EMI.

As a reminder, this course serves as an introduction to CERT for those interested in completing basic CERT training or as a refresher for current team members, but is not equivalent to, and cannot be used in place of, the classroom delivery of the CERT Basic Training. To become a CERT volunteer, you must complete the classroom training. To find a nearby CERT program that offers classroom training, please visit

IS-317 includes six modules:

  • CERT Basics
  • Fire Safety
  • Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Search and Rescue
  • Course Summary

The CERT Program educates individuals 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. With proper CERT training, individuals can help protect their families, neighbors and co-workers if a disaster occurs.

- People, Places & Things/ (via FEMA, 7/9/14)


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