Community Emergency Response Team
Do you want to help your community prepare
for an emergency or disaster?
   CERT Basic Class begins
Tuesday, Feb 12th or Wednesday, Feb 27th! 
 Email to register today!
CERT is a national program under the Citizens Corps umbrella to prepare you to respond to immediate needs following a major disaster”  
What is CERT? 
The Charlottesville-UVA Albemarle County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations recognized that citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. 
We prepare and train volunteers in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

CERT training is FREE!
The FREE CERT training educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact Charlottesville and our surrounding communities. 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 our community.

Why Join CERT?  
Community Emergency Response Team training helps everyone to be better prepared to respond to and cope with disasters and emergencies at home, in your neighborhood, at work and throughout your community. Classes are offered twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. 
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Suppression
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Light Search & Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology  
  • CERT Team Organization
  • Terrorism


To register, send your name, email address and phone number to  Students will receive a confirmation message upon registration   
The next Basic CERT class
Held at the Albemarle County Office Building on 5th Street in Charlottesville. For directions click here.
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Community Emergency Response Team
2306 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
FAX: 434-971-1767
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