About CERT

What is CERT?

CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team and consists of community members that are trained to assist police and fire departments during times of community need when these public entities may be taxed.  Such events may include natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and other natural events.  CERT members may also be needed for large community events assisting with traffic control, crowd control, event setup, and other tasks.

What is CERT Training?

Following a major disaster, first responders will not be able to meet the immediate needs of all community members.  CERT training is for community members who want to be better prepared in the event of a major disaster. Participants will be trained to respond to emergency situations in their community when responders are unable to.

What Training is Provided?

CERT members are trained in a multitude of areas such as using fire extinguishers, basic first aid and CPR, search operations, debris removal, shutting off home utilities, as well as using a variety of equipment such as chain saws, radios, etc.  NO PREVIOUS TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!  CERT members will be trained on a variety of tasks to be able to perform during times of need.  The IL Stateline CERT also welcomes individuals that prefer behind the scene support such as data entry and community awareness education.

Where Is Training Provided?

Training will take place at local agencies such as the Harlem Roscoe Fire Department Station 1 located on Main Street in Roscoe.  Certified FEMA training is scheduled according to member schedules.  Monthly general meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00pm.

Subpages (1): IL Stateline CERT