Why join the Anne Arundel – Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team (AAACERT)
You Are The Help Until Help Arrives
During CERT Basic Training classes, you will...
learn how to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe before, during, and after a disaster.
If you become a member of AAACERT, 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, members have the opportunity to participate in drills and exercises to enhance their knowledge and keep their skills sharp.
Complete and submit a completion certificate for a CERT Basic class (if you attended a AAACERT class, we have your certificate on file). OR, you may indicate your intention to complete a AAACERT CERT Basic class in the next 6 months (you will not achieve operational membership (i.e., some activities may be restricted) until you complete CERT Basic).
Certificates for older versions of the FEMA Independent Study Classes or FEMA-supplied transcripts are acceptable.
A CERT Basic certificate from another sponsored CERT program is acceptable.
The Waiver of Liability, Independent Study Certificates, CERT Basic certificate (if from another sponsored CERT program), and AAACERT application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All forms will open from our document management system. Save the form locally to your computer to begin filling them out.
How do I maintain Operational membership?
Participate in 20 hours of activities each calendar year (prorated for the first year), of which one half must be associated with active volunteering for AAACERT. –> Active volunteering includes participation in exercises, incidents, or events or participation as a AAACERT instructor. –> The other hours may be satisfied by any approved emergency preparedness or response training or AAACERT committee work. –> The membership chair can use his/her discretion to excuse some or all participation requirements for prolonged illness or disability or if the member is out of the area for a prolonged period of time.
Continue to pay annual dues.
For more information on membership, contact email@example.com.