What is CERT
CERT training was designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is designed to train citizen volunteers to assist their neighborhoods and communities after disasters, such as an earthquake or tornado. Topics covered during the training include:
Light Search and Rescue
Required training manuals, as well as some supplies, are provided for participants.
CERT training is offered to all city residents and is free of charge. The training is conducted on Tuesday evenings from 7 - 9 p.m. for 6 consecutive weeks with a practical exercise on Saturday following the last class.
Additionally, businesses located within the city limits interested in providing CERT training for a group of employees, can host a class during normal business hours. Edward Jones, The Principia and Maryville University employees have completed the training and are better prepared to assist and respond should a disaster occur while they are at work.
It is important to have trained citizen volunteers available to assist our police and fire departments and the community in the aftermath of a disaster. If you would like to enroll and/or receive additional information regarding CERT, please contact Officer Katie Exline by email or 314-587-2892.
Additional CERT information is also available at the FEMA website.