Light Minimum Equipment List

IMPORTANT NOTE: This light minimum equipment list is only for pre-planned events, when approved by the CDO in advance.  All deployments should use the full Minimum Equipment List.  When in doubt, refer to the full Minimum Equipment List.

Minimum Equipment List – Light

It’s imperative that all Go-Team members have the same minimum equipment so that your partners and teammates know what is in the field and what resources are available at a moment’s notice.

These lists do not cover the equipment that will be issued by the Logistics Team at a deployment.  Things such as radios, forms, etc. will be provided on-site unless otherwise noted. This document contains the list of things that each team member is expected to bring to a planned event.

Individual Equipment

Below you will find a list of equipment that is required for all CERT Go-Team members to carry in their kits or on their person.

Required Equipment

  • CERT Identification
  • Backpack
  • Individual First Aid Kit
  • Light Sources (at least 2)
    • Flashlight w/ Spare Batteries
    • Cyalume lights (aka glow sticks, chem lights)
    • Headlamp
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Medication
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • N95 Mask
    • Nitrile Gloves (exam gloves)
    • Eye Protection
  • Trauma Shears
  • Office Supplies
    • All-weather Notebook
    • Pens
    • Sharpie
  • Whistle
  • Watch
  • Knife and/or multitool
  • Quart size Ziploc bags (4)
  • Gallon size Ziploc bags (2)
  • Cell Phone

Highly Recommended

  • Upgraded backpack
  • Pack cover (rain cover)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Hand warmers
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Tourniquet
  • CPR Mask
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunglasses


  • External power supply and cable for charging cell phones, etc.
  • Ultralight first aid kit (to treat others)


Plan for event shifts to be 6-8 hours or possibly longer. Hope for the best, plan for the worst.

Don’t rely on your cell phone for anything except for calls and text messages. Preserve battery for emergency situations. If radio communications drop off, dispatch and/or IC will try to contact you via cell phone.