Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

About CERT

CERT was developed by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAPD) in 1985. They realized that the impact of disasters could be lessened if citizens were more prepared through disaster survival training. The training they created was adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 1994 and expanded into a nationwide program under Citizen Corps. There are now thousands of CERTs in communities across the country.

Program Overview

The Boone County CERT is a volunteer program which educates citizens about disaster preparedness and basic response skills such as:

  • Fire Safety
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Team Organization & Incident Command
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Disaster Psychology

In the event of a major emergency or disaster within the County, the reality may be that public safety resources will be overwhelmed. CERT education is intended to lessen the impact of disaster on participating individuals, and enable them to aid family members, neighbors or coworkers immediately following an emergency until responders arrive.

Boone County CERT members can receive additional training authorizing them to deploy as a force multiplier to supplement response or incident management operations at the direction of the Boone County Office of Emergency Management (BCOEM).

Eligibility Requirements

To take the CERT Basic Training course, participants must:

  • Be a resident or employed in Boone County. Non-county residents wishing to participate will be admitted on a case by case basis.
  • Be at least 18 years old.

To be considered for membership at a Level I or higher, participants must meet the additional requirements below:

  • Not be a convicted felon or currently under felony charges. Have no criminal convictions within the last two years (excluding traffic violations); have no marijuana use or possession charges in the past two years and no other drug use or possession charges in the past five years.
  • Complete and submit a background check through the Family Care Safety Registry
  • Complete the CERT Program Application
  • Complete the CERT Basic Training course.
  • Complete the Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement.
  • Complete the CERT Volunteer Agreement and Code of Conduct.

CERT Basic Training

To participate in the Boone County CERT Program at any level, all interested individuals must complete the CERT Basic Training Course.

CERT Basic Training is a 24-hour training course in which participants will learn how to help themselves, their families, friends, coworkers and neighbors during a disaster. The training consists of the following modules:

  • Module 1: Disaster Preparedness
  • Module 2: CERT Organization
  • Module 3: Disaster Medical Operations-Part 1
  • Module 4: Disaster Medical Operations-Part 2
  • Module 5: Disaster Psychology
  • Module 6: Fire Safety & Utility Controls
  • Module 7: Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • Module 8: CERT and Terrorism
  • Module 9: Final Exam

CERT Basic Training consists of four 4-hour evening sessions and one 8-hour weekend session over the course of four to five weeks. Participants will receive a completion certificate and an opportunity to become a Boone County CERT member.

Register for CERT Basic Training