The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program provides a structured opportunity for citizens to augment local emergency response activities. Using CERT materials, local communities train teams of neighborhood volunteers and employees in the workplace in emergency preparedness and response skills. CERT members partner with local emergency management in preparing for and responding to natural or man-made disasters. Trained teams can help in saving lives and protecting property when communities' professional response resources are stretched thin. By the end of 2004, FEMA's goal is to have 400,000 people complete the 20-hour training program in their local communities. This document identifies CERT objectives for fiscal year (FY) 2003: For Grantees to conduct a CERT Train-The-Trainer (TTT) course(s) to prepare program managers and instructional teams from communities who will initiate or expand the CERT training program; for local governments to initiate, organize, train, and maintain CERTs; and for communities with established CERT programs to continue, maintain, and expand these programs.
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