The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people 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, emergency communications, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. The program is administered by FEMA.
So Who Then Is Navarre CERT?
The Navarre Community Emergency Response Team, or Navarre CERT, is a group of volunteers dedicated to preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation of disasters, especially hurricanes, in Navarre and the surrounding South Santa Rosa County Area. Our members have differing degrees of experience and training in several areas of emergency response. They include people like retired firefighters and paramedics to homemakers to "desk jockeys", male and female, young and older.
What Does Navarre CERT Do?
Navarre CERT members assist the community in various ways using their training in order to be prepared to help their families, neighbors and community in case of a disaster. Many members of Navarre CERT volunteer with the team to distribute disaster preparedness information. Others volunteer to assist in various ways at community events, such as Navarre FunFest. Many of our members have received training in running a Volunteer Reception Center, which the County may open after a major disaster.
Is there a fee involved?
There are no fees involved, although public and private donations are encouraged. Navarre CERT is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated in the State of Florida, and has been granted tax-exempt status by the IRS under section 501(c)(3).
What kind of training is involved?
Click on the Training links for more information.
How can I find out more information?
We also have team meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month (January through October), 6:00pm-8:00pm, at the Holley-Navarre Senior Association Center, This is across the street from the Navarre Library. At these meetings, in addition to team business, refresher or supplemental training is conducted. The public is highly encouraged to attend.