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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) - Basic Course
Basic CERT TrainingAfter September 11, 2001, America witnessed a wellspring of selflessness and heroism. People in every corner of the country asked, "What can I do?" and "How can I help?" Citizen Corps was created to help all Americans answer these questions through public education and outreach, training, and volunteer service. The scope of the program varies from community to community.

The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department’s response was to establish a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program as part of the City’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and local homeland security response. The Chandler CERT program's purpose is to increase the knowledge and preparedness of Chandler's residents by teaching them individual preparedness and coping skills to take care of themselves and their families following a natural or man-made disaster for up to 72 hours, or until help arrives to assist them.

We accomplish our mission by offering a free 2-day, 16-hour Basic CERT course to people who want to learn how to take care of themselves during a disaster. In the Basic CERT course, students learn disaster preparedness skills through hands-on and classroom training. Classes include fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, and more.

Sign up to get trained by contacting Chandler Fire, Health & Medical at: 480-782-2120 or

Helpful Links

Basic CERT Class Materials:

  • - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. 
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.
  • Emergency Preparedness Guide for Homeowners (PDF) - This guide is provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Homeownership Alliance and Habitat for Humanity to assist in planning for an emergency.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Visit this Federal Web site for more on terrorism threats and emergency preparedness.