CERT is a national program sponsored by FEMA that is designed to help provide basic disaster preparedness and response training to people and their communities across the country. A typical CERT class includes 24 hours of training covering:
The Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management offers a CERT training course, which consists of three (3) classes, to accepted applicants who are interested in learning how to respond to disasters in their community. Throughout the training, participants will learn basic disaster preparedness skills in the classroom and in the field. The class concludes with a practical exercise in which class participants will respond to a simulated disaster to practice skills learned in the classroom.
Upon finishing the CERT training series, participants will earn a certificate. Participants must attend all classes to complete the CERT training series and receive a certificate.
The CERT Basic Training course will be held at the Public Safety Center: 330 W. Scott St. Springfield, MO 65802.
After completing the CERT basic training series, participants will have the opportunity to apply to become an official CERT volunteer with the Office of Emergency Management. 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 and response courses we offer only to authorized volunteers.
Please follow these steps to register:
We are committed to building our community's disaster resiliency by implementing best practices in emergency management in order to aggressively reduce loss of life, limit damage to property and minimalize harm to the environment.
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.