Serve DC’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program trains citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities.

The training is free and open to anyone who lives, works or congregates in the District of Columbia. 

When emergencies happen, CERT members can provide critical support to first responders, immediate assistance to victims and can help organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the community safety.


Classes include:

·       Disaster Preparedness

·       Fire Safety

·       Medical Operations and First Aid

·       Search and Rescue

·       Disaster Psychology

·       Terrorism


Enrollment for DC CERT Courses:

Participants can apply to any time up to 2 weeks before the start of the course. Acceptances will be sent prior to the start of the course.

The DC CERT Admissions Staff will review the applications as they are received and notify applicants regarding their status. Once accepted into the course, participants will receive an acceptance letter with further instructions regarding any other matters.


Course Vacancies:

In an effort to fill DC CERT courses, vacancies will be updated frequently and posted on the DC CERT registration website and qualified personnel may apply. DC CERT will fill vacancies on a first-come, first-served basis with maximum cohort size being based on the number of trainers for that course. (NOTE: for anyone not selected into their desired course, they will automatically be waitlisted and offered the next class.)

***If you require reasonable accommodations please let us know in full detail so we may fulfill your request. ***


SERVE DC - Spring 2018 CERT Training

May 8, 10, 15, 17 (6:00 - 9:00 pm)

DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency

UCC Media Center - 1st Floor

2720 Martin Luther King, JR. Avenue, SE

Washington, DC 20032


May 19 (9:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Franklin D. Reeves Municipal Center

Community Room - 2nd Floor

2000 14th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009



Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism presents

America’s PrepareAthon! Day 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Franklin D. Reeves Municipal Center

2000 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

According to a recent FEMA survey, 46 percent of individuals expect to rely a great deal on people in their neighborhood for assistance within the first 72 hours after a disaster. When the whole community comes together to respond to and help recover from these emergencies - neighbor helping neighbor - we can often meet the needs of everyone.

As a proud participant in America’s PrepareAthon!, we want to share important information that will help you and your family be better prepared in case of a disaster and how you can help your community. America’s PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase individual and community preparedness and resilience.

Participants will:

  • Participate in community resilience planning;

  • Understand engagement and coordination of District agencies, volunteers, and donations management prior to and during emergencies;

  • Identify the fundamentals of volunteer management in disaster response setting;

  • Understand the various roles involved in staffing a Volunteer Reception Center; and

  • Community/Training Service Hours

Register now for the following:

  • VRC 101: Volunteer Reception Center Training

  • VRC Functional Exercise

  • Working Lunch

  • Hands-Only CPR Training



For more information, contact DC CERT at 202-727-7925 or


CERT is a program of Citizen Corps, a national initiative designed to foster a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility.