CERT Personal Equipment List

On April 25, 2011, in First Aid, National, Preparedness, Training, by Sean Brownlee

NOTE: The new CERT Order Form can be found here

What does a CERT First Responder want to have in a backpack for call-out?

FEMA suggests:

  • CERT Identification
  • Dark green helmet
  • Lime green vest with reflective stripes
  • Dust mask
  • Goggles
  • Leather gloves
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Pen & graphite pencil
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable food (think Power Bars)
  • Wear sturdy shoes & Long pants.

Additional items that are recommended include:

  • Yellow Field Operations Guide (and/or 3×5 NERT cards)
  • Blank 3×5 cards (for messages via runners)
  • Notebook (ideally, water impermeable)
  • Lumber crayons
  • Markers-Sharpies
  • Whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Caution Tape
  • Triage Tape
  • Crowbar
  • Gas/water Wrench
  • Carabiner (D ring w/spring catch; use w/rope)
  • Knife/Medical scissors
  • Hardhat lamp
  • Light Stick
  • Personal first aid kit/supplies
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Antiseptic hand cleaner
  • Ear plugs
  • Poncho
  • Hat
  • Sun Block
  • Cell phone
  • CERT radio & battery, if you have one

If you don’t already have a backpack and are looking to buy one, there is a 16” backpack kit listed on the CERT Order Form that contains most of the items above..


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