CERT is part of the national Citizen Corps program, just like Neighborhood Watch (also called block watch). Classes are free (or almost free – depending on the sponsoring agency). Here are several things you can do.
Take the on-line course. While not a substitute for the 8-week classroom training, it’s so convenient! IS-317: Introduction to CERTs: http://www.citizencorps.fema.gov/cert/IS317 Here's a description:
"Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams", IS-317, is an independent study course that serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members. It has six modules with topics that include an Introduction to CERT, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations, and Search and Rescue. It takes between six and eight hours to complete the course. Those who successfully finish it will receive a certificate of completion.
Look at the CERT training materials: http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams/training-mat...
Find out more about Seattle’s "hybrid CERT" training series... contact:
Find a series anywhere in the Puget Sound area:
Washington State Citizen Corps: http://www.citizencorps.wa.gov/
Search local CERT programs: http://esca1.com/regional-cert-programs