Too often, businesses and organizations rely on the hope that first responders will be able to reach them in time during a major disaster. However, the bigger the disaster, the more strain on limited resources, and the less likely the government will be able to respond. As a result, it is imperative that everyone in an organization can use their own resources and skills to take care of each other.
FEMA maintains the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program as an official emergency preparedness program. However, there is no obligation or requirement for schools and employers in high-hazard areas to implement or maintain such programs on site.