Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team (VBCERT)

​​​VBCert MembersThe Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team (VBCERT) program educates citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations and disaster psychology.  Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives.  When help does arrive, VBCERT members provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site.

 Upcoming Classes

VBCERT will be conducting two basic training courses for calendar year 2022. These courses are scheduled to be held at the Virginia Beach Fire & Rescue Training Center located at 927 S. Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach. Class sessions are normally held from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM with a practical evolution held on a Saturday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Each basic training course is preceded by a VBCERT awareness and introduction seminar to introduce the concept of CERT and provide an opportunity for VBCERT leadership members to answer questions about CERT activities in Virginia Beach. 

Currently scheduled VBCERT awareness and introduction seminars are scheduled for September 12, 2022. CERT basic training courses are scheduled to begin on March 22, 2022 and September 26, 2022. If interested in registering please click the Register Now button below.

Virginia Beach CERT Awareness and Introduction Seminar
  • September 12, 2022
Virginia Beach CERT Basic Academy
  • March 22, 2022
  • September 26, 2022