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Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs.

If we can predict that emergency services will not meet immediate needs following a major disaster, especially if there is no warning as in a tornado, and people will spontaneously volunteer, what can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality?

  • Present citizens the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services.
  • Give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness.
  • Train them in needed lifesaving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.
  • Organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.

The Coral Springs CERT program is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people.  It is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where YOU, the citizens and leaders of Coral Springs, will be initially on your own and how your actions can make a difference.

Through training, YOU can be a vital resource in your community!


To sign up for our upcoming class, click on the CERT Academy link at the top of this page.

Most Recent News

01 August 2016

Our team was busy on Tuesday July 26th. At 11:55am the Canteen was activated for a commercial gas leak at the Walmart shopping center on Coral Ridge Drive North of the Sawgrass Expressway. We had a few members respond to provide hydration. The leak was capped fairly quickly.

At 2:54pm the same day the Canteen was activated for mutual aid at a residential structure fire in Margate. The Canteen and several team members responded to this call. We assisted Margate CERT in providing hydration and rehab. According to news sources the fire started in the garage with a model airplane and was fed by extra jet fuel stored nearby in the garage. You can view some photos in our Photo Gallery or see a video here. We understand the Margate Fire Chief sent our Chief a note of thanks mentioning how professional and efficient our team was.

Thanks to all the CERT members that responded to these two back to back activations.

12 July 2016
On July 11, 2016 at 6:02pm the Coral Springs/Parkland CERT team was activated for a residential structure fire at 8690 Watercrest Circle West in the Watercrest community in Parkland. The call came in as heavy black smoke being reported. Rescue 109 being right outside the neighborhood and first on scene confirmed the smoke and declared a working fir...
25 May 2016

At 12:21pm on May 23rd 2016 the team was activated to search for an elderly male with dementia. Team members met at the staging area setup at the Shell station at Sample and Riverside. Several search teams of two were put together and sent out to search specific areas of the city as given by Police and Fire command. The Margate CERT team was called for mutual aid as there was suspicion he had walked South into Margate. A few hours later he was found in the South part of the City off of Coral Springs Drive and returned home safely. Thanks to all the members that came out to do the search.

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