CERT is a group of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trained volunteers who provide relief to victims of disasters by assisting the City of Lomita in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies. Following a major disaster, fire and rescue resources may be unable to immediately respond to all those in need. In such a crisis, it will be neighbors assisting neighbors until emergency response personnel can arrive. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training provides residents with the skills and tools necessary to take care of themselves, their families, neighbors, and coworkers in the event of a disaster. Through the 20-hour CERT training, residents learn about hazards that may impact their area as well as basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Upon completion of the course, volunteers may register with their respective city to assist in disaster response when the CERT is activated. Participants have no obligation or commitment to respond or act should a disaster occur. As individuals, we can prepare our homes and families to cope during the first critical hours following an emergency. Through CERT, you can help yourself and your neighbors reduce your emergency needs and manage your existing resources until professional assistance becomes available.

For additional information about Lomita CERT, please contact cert@lomitacity.com.

(CERT volunteers working the booth at this year’s Health Fair at City Hall)