Serve DC’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program trains citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergencies. When emergencies happen, CERT members provide critical support to first responders, immediate assistance to victims and help organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the community safety. CERT training is free and open to anyone who lives, works or congregates in the District of Columbia. Training sessions are Sept. 12, 14, 19 and 21 at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sept. 23, at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register at volunteer.dc.gov/opportunities/4790.