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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs educate individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their community and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search & rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist their families and neighbors following a disaster until professional responders arrive.  CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.

Upcoming Training

Chatham County CERT holds a general meeting at 6:00 pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Chatham County EOC (297 West St, Pittsboro, NC 27312) unless otherwise indicated.  General meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about CERT.

 General Training Meetings
(Open to the public, no registration required)

  • Feb 26: Victim Response & Transport (exercise)
  • Mar 25: Food safety, storage, prep
  • Apr 22: Flood response, windshield survey
  • May 27: Blocking & Cribbing (exercise)
  • Jun 24: First Aid, CPR, AED (exercise)
  • Jul 22: SkyWarn Weather Spotter (6pm at the Chatham Library, 197 NC 87, Pittsboro, NC 27312)
  • Aug 26: Hurricane Preparedness
  • Sep 23: Long-term Disasters
  • Oct 24: (Saturday morning) Communications (using the FEMA comms course)
  • Nov: TBD.  We are planning on a basic-level (technician) ham radio operators course

CERT Basic Course and Other Specialized Training & Exercises
(May require early registration and have limited spaces available)

  • Mar 21-22: CERT Basic Course (all-day Sat and Sun --> Register on NC TERMS)

Online Training

The following are independent study courses recommended for anyone interested in participating as part of a CERT team:

FEMA IS-100.b Introduction to the Incident Command System
FEMA IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
FEMA IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
FEMA IS-800.c National Response Framework (NRF) An Introduction

Chatham County CERT Resources

Chatham CERT web page:

For information concerning CERT in Chatham County, please e-mail