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CERT in Action! Stories

Stories of how CERTs have participated in emergency response and other public safety activities.

CERT in Action! is about sharing the stories of local CERT Programs whose Teams have responded in emergencies, assisted in public safety efforts, or participated in other community service projects. Beyond training, drills and exercises, "CERT in Action!" captures how Teams make a difference in their community. The shared stories will enable all CERT Programs to benefit from the experiences of individual programs. Additional stories will be added to the site regularly. If you have a story about your "CERT in Action!" please let us know by contacting us at cert@dhs.gov.

When you submit your story, please be sure to include the following information in your email:

  • Contact name

  • Email address

  • Phone number

  • City, State

  • Event/activity

  • Date(s)

  • 2 - 4 paragraphs on how the CERT(s) were used, types of activities they performed, number of team members activated, any challenges and/or successes experienced during the activation

If you have a picture to submit, please list the people in the picture and the activity they are performing. Also, prior to posting your story online we will reach out to the contact person to confirm the facts. We look forward to your stories, and thank you in advance for sharing with the CERT community.

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