CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster or emergency. This is a team of individuals who receive special training that enhances their ability to recognize, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a major emergency or disaster. During an incident, emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property. Check out our training brochure.

For more information or to sign up for basic training, contact the CERT desk at the Office of Emergency Management at 516-573-9696..

Taking the Basics

Sign up for CERT using our online form and download the 2013 Training Calendar. Please fill out the CERT Application Questionnaire prior to the start of the first class. Please email us the completed application questionnaire prior to the start of the class.CERT training is a basic, six-week training that includes the following units on the following dates:
  • Intro to Incident Command System (ICS) and CERT Organization
  • Fire Suppression & Radio
  • Disaster Medical Operations I and II
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Sheltering Introduction
  • Terrorism and Disaster Psychology

Each session is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.. Classes take place at:
New Cassel Community Center
141 Garden Street
Westbury, NY 11590

Please note: CERT training is free for Nassau County residents who are 18 years of age or older. If you are considering joining CERT, please be aware that you must attend all training sessions; missed classes can be made up. A background check will be conducted prior to acceptance into the program.