Preparedness Programs



Community Emergency Response Team Program

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training class training and volunteer program offers members of the public an opportunity to learn basic hands-on disaster response techniques. The program is a 20-hour class that covers:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Fire safety
  • Light search and rescue
  • Team organization
  • Disaster psychology
  • Terrorism response
  • Disaster medical operations

Upon completion of the class, participants have the option to become a Franklin County Citizen Corps CERT member and assist professional emergency services following a disaster. Past participants have played a role in emergency exercises and assisted Franklin County during response and recovery efforts.

Is your organization interested in hosting a CERT training class?  If so, please contact the email address below for more details.

The CERT program welcomes all citizens regardless of age and abilities. All training is instructed by emergency management personnel with the assistance of local public safety officials in accordance with guidelines established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Upcoming Classes

Request a Community Emergency Response Team Training Course for your business, community group, or organization.

To request a class e-mail your your name, address, organization, and phone number to


*All attendees must sign a waiver of liability and adhere to current program policy to achieve graduation.