(What are they and should I join one?)
With the worldwide increase in natural disasters, wilderness medicine graduates are uniquely poised to help their neighbors in the event of a local disaster. Communities in all 50 states have organized Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). CERT members are volunteers, and teams are structured so that local managers have the flexibility to adapt the program and their training to the specific needs of their community. The concept originated with the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985 and went national through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 1993. Contact your local fire, police, or sheriff department for more information or visit the CERT website.