The ability of a community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster is directly related to the knowledge and preparedness level of individuals, families, and businesses within that community.This is where the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program comes into play. Through CERT, we provide classes to community members to help them plan and prepare for disaster on an individual or group basis. CERT members learn and practice the skills that will help them respond safely to emergencies and provide vital assistance to others as emergency services are overwhelmed by high demand. They are taught how to take care of themselves, their families, and their neighbors to preserve life and property.
CERT training is FREE to the public, and all training materials are provided by Emergency Management. We accept adults and children, 13 years or older (with parent/guardian permission). There are no obligations attached to this training. Participation in community teams is absolutely voluntary.
The course totals approximately 20 hours of training, and a field exercise at the end. Topics covered are as follows:
- Introduction to CERT and Disaster Preparedness
- Fire Safety
- Disaster Medical Operations (2 parts)
- Light Search & Rescue
- CERT Organization
- Disaster Psychology
- CERT and Terrorism
If you are interested in taking this course, please contact Lincoln County Emergency Management @ 307-885-3626
Additional information about CERT, including frequently asked questions, can be found at FEMA's CERT Page