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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

What is CERT?

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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:

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

Interested in taking the CERT Basic Training course? Register below!

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.

Have you completed the CERT Basic Training course? Join the Greene County CERT Team!


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:

  1. Review the CERT Standard Operating Guideline and Code of Conduct
  2. Print application and volunteer waiver
  3. Sign the volunteer waiver and complete the volunteer application form and submit to a background check
  4. Scan and email the completed and signed application and waiver to the CERT Director. If sending by mail, please send the application to:

    OEM CERT Director
    Public Safety Center
    330 W. Scott St.
    Springfield, MO 65802

CERT Standard Operating Guideline

CERT Code of Conduct

CERT Application

Volunteer Waiver and Release

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.

Mission Statement

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.


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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