Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all in-person CERT training has been cancelled until further notice.

New! Hybrid CERT Basic Training

Boone County Office of Emergency Management is committed to continuing to educate citizens on CERT Basic Training despite pandemic limitations. For that reason, we have proudly adopted the Online CERT hybrid learning model developed by the University of Utah School of Medicine. Online CERT combines 12 hours of online lecture, accessible via mobile device or desktop, and 16 hours of hands-on practical training administered by our office.

Online CERT is self-paced, and progress can be saved any time and resumed later. The course covers the standardized 2019 FEMA curriculum available in both English and Spanish.  The course is presented through a multimedia learning experience including videos, virtual reality simulations, interactive knowledge checks, live IT and more. At the completion of the 12 hour online course, you will be issued a certificate, and become eligible to register for the 16 hour practical skills portion.

Register for Online CERT Basic Training

*At this time, no practical skills trainings have been scheduled as we are unsure when it will be safe to resume in-person training. By completing Online CERT you will be eligible to participate, and will be notified when training resumes.

About CERT

CERT was developed by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) 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:

  • Individual and Family Preparedness
  • Basic Fire Safety
  • Search and Rescue
  • Incident Management
  • Disaster Medical Operations

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.

Volunteers can receive additional training enabling them to act as a force multiplier to supplement response or incident management operations at the direction of the Boone County Office of Emergency Management.

Volunteers are classified into six levels based on the training they have received. Below are the level classifications:

  • Awareness Level
    This level is for individuals interested in taking the CERT Basic Training course to learn more about disaster preparedness and gain skills to care for themselves, their families, neighbors, and/or coworkers during an emergency. Awareness Level volunteers have no annual participation requirements, nor do they receive issued equipment.
  • Level I – V
    CERT volunteers who are interested in actively participating in the CERT Program by attending monthly training, outreach events, volunteering, assisting during disasters, and working to increase their training level are referred to as “Team Members." Each team member is issued a membership level based on the training they have received through the program.

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.