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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)


CERT provides basic disaster preparedness and response training to the public. A typical CERT class includes 24 hours of training covering:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • The National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Basic First-Aid
  • Small-Fire Suppression
  • Light Search & Rescue Techniques
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • CERT Organization

The class concludes with a practical exercise in which you’ll respond to a simulated disaster to practice skills learned in the classroom.

The course fee for the basic class is $20 per person unless otherwise stated.

Classes will be held at the Public Safety Center: 330 W. Scott St. Springfield, MO 65802

* Participants must attend all classes to complete the CERT training course and receive a certificate.

Join the Greene County CERT Team!

After completing CERT basic training, you’ll have the option to register with the Office of Emergency Management as an official CERT volunteer. As a registered member, your name will be added to a pool of core volunteers the OEM may call upon for assistance in a variety of roles during disasters (ice storms, tornadoes, floods, etc.) or pre-planned events (fairs, parades, concerts, etc.). You will also be eligible for enhanced training in a variety of disaster preparedness & response courses we offer only to registered volunteers.

Registration is easy; all you need to do is fill out a volunteer application form and submit to a background check. By registering as a CERT member, you are agreeing to abide by the policies set forth in our standard operating guidelines (SOGs) while acting in an official CERT capacity. A copy of our volunteer registration form and background check procedures can be found below, along with a copy of our SOGs.

If you have any questions, please contact the CERT director at the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management by telephone at (417) 869-6040 or by emailing our CERT Director.

CERT Application


Downloadable CERT Brochure

Mission Statement

The Springfield-Greene County Emergency Management Program along with community stakeholders strives to be a national model of best practices in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery against high-impact events to reduce loss of life, damage to property and harm to the environment. The Springfield-Greene County Emergency Management Program promotes enhanced regionalization of emergency management across southwest Missouri.


Contact Us

Office of Emergency Management Greene County Public Safety Center
330 W Scott Street
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 869-6040 (417) 869-6654

Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm (except holidays). A staff member assigned as Duty Officer maintains an on-call, 24/7 status.

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