Anne Arundel - Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team (AAACERT) trains and prepares to support our first responders in all kinds of emergencies.

Why join the Anne Arundel – Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team (AAACERT)?

  • You will learn how to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe before, during, and after a disaster.
  • You will become a trusted and trained community member who can be activated to help in a disaster or emergency situation if first responders are not readily available.

How do CERT members know what to do?

  • CERT members receive training and certification in disaster response skills. The AAACERT Basic Training course includes classroom education and hands-on training. Topics covered by this FEMA-approved CERT course include disaster preparedness, first aid, hazardous materials awareness, and damage assessment.
  • After completing the CERT Basic Training, volunteers have the opportunity to participate in drills and exercises to enhance their knowledge and keep their skills sharp.
  • Attendees must attend all sessions to receive a Basic CERT certificate.

For more information on upcoming CERT basic trainings, contact

How do I become a member?

  • Complete a Waiver of Liability with Anne Arundel County
  • Successfully complete FEMA Independent Study Classes, IS-100 and IS-700 (pre-requisites for Basic CERT training) – you will also need to take IS-200 and IS-800 to become NIMS compliant and fully operational
  • Successfully complete a Basic CERT class
  • Submit a AAACERT application (which includes a skills inventory) – electronically fillable (NOTE:  if using Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer, right click and select “Save target as”)
  • Apply for and successfully pass a county-approved background check
  • Pay a new member fee ($12) and annual dues ($10) – total of $22


  • Click here for a full copy of AAACERT’s Membership Policy*
  • A physical signature is required for the Waiver of Liability
  • Certificates for older versions of the FEMA Independent Study Classes are acceptable
  • A Basic CERT certificate from another sponsored CERT program is acceptable
  • The Waiver of Liability, Independent Study Certificates, Basic CERT certificate (if from another sponsored CERT program), and AAACERT application should be sent to
  • If the form opens in your browser and cannot be edited, you may need to right-click the link and select “save target as” to download the document

* The membership policy has not yet been updated to reflect changes to the background check process.

How do I maintain Operational membership?

  • Participate in 20 hours of activities each calendar year (prorated for the first year).  Activities include any approved emergency preparedness or response training; participation in exercises, incidents, or events; or AAACERT committee work.
  • Continue to pay annual dues.

For more information on membership, contact