About Us

The National CERT Association (NCA) is a new organization created by CERT Leaders across the US in partnership with FEMA.

The National CERT Association (NCA) was officially established on September 12, 2019. The National CERT Association is a non-profit organization, conceived and established to support communication and resource sharing across the CERT community. Established on September 12, 2019, the NCA leadership includes CERT leaders across the US.

Promote Resiliency

Our Mission

“To empower individuals with the knowledge necessary to promote resiliency in their community through preparedness, response, and recovery. We’re to ensure that you are ready to join your local Police and Firefighters in managing all levels of emergencies.”

Our Vision

That every community feels prepared for all crises that may threaten their way of life. That they may not only be prepared but ready to rebuild by learning through our unparalleled Emergency Management training.

Our History


CERT leaders across the Nation and FEMA Individual Community Preparedness Division staff started a conversation regarding the state of the CERT program nationwide, including its strengths and weaknesses. Part of this conversation included the idea of creating a nationwide committee that would support communication and resource sharing amongst CERT programs across the US. During the 2018 National CERT Conference in Naples, Florida, over 20 CERT leaders across the nation met to continue this conversation. Shortly after this meeting, FEMA leadership had approved the concept of working with a CERT association. A few meetings later, a concept design for the National CERT Association was created.

CERT workers
CERT workers at table

The concept called for a leadership board that represented CERT programs across the US. Splitting the US into ten regions, two board members were selected from each region. These 20 board members finalized the concept for the National CERT Association and the official NCA charter was approved on September 12, 2019 during the Florida State CERT Conference.