Integrating Community Emergency Response Teams at Airports (A-CERTs)

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) have been developed in many communities to help respond to disasters and emergencies that overwhelm first responders. There are minimum training standards as outlined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under their Citizens Corp program, however, each community utilizes their CERT volunteers as they deem the most appropriate and provide additional training as applicable. Airports of all sizes also can quickly become overwhelmed in a natural disaster or aircraft incident where their community members want to provide assistance. Smaller airports tend to have limited staff but, just like larger airports, can become the focal point within their community in a disaster recovery plan. Volunteers can be a valuable resource to an airport. However, it is not the time during a disaster or emergency to determine the qualifications, provide training, and obtain necessary security checks to enlist or utilize volunteers to assist. While there are established CERTs within many communities, including some with airports, there is research needed to help airports develop and integrate CERTs in their emergency response planning. The objective of this research is to develop a model CERT program for the airport community that includes (1) an awareness plan and description of benefits, (2) implementation guidance, and (3) steps for integrating into airport emergency response planning


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $325000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 04-13

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    Innovative Emergency Management, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Griffith, Donald

  • Start Date: 20110726
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130726
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38262

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547479
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 04-13
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 10 2014 1:01AM