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Community Emergency Response Team
About CERT
A nationally accredited, formally trained organization of local citizen
volunteers working with First Responders to help grow and strengthen
the public safety network in Wood County
Please note: All the information on this website refers to what Wood County CERT was trying to be before it was
shut down in April 2014, and what we intend to be when if and when the program is ever re-activated.

About CERT

Download and print an Application for Membership and to enroll in the training and
become a member of the Wood County Community Emergency Response Team.

The following pages are in this section.

Mission Statement
This page describes the mission of the Wood County Community Emergency Response Team.
What CERT Is … and Isn’t
Using the training learned in the classroom and during training exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. This page explains what CERT does and does not do.
CERT Philosophy
CERT provides a valuable community service opportunity for concerned citizens who might not choose to belong to a “traditional” first response agency (either volunteer or paid fire, emergency medical, or law enforcement), but who wish to acquire additional skills so that in a crisis they can take care of themselves, their families, their friends, and their neighbors until first responders can arrive. This section explains how Wood County CERT attempts to involve the whole community in emergency preparedness, with flexible degrees of involvement based on individual preferences.
Organization and Structure
This section describes our local organization and provides “job descriptions” of our officers.
Response Teams
In order to provide an improved emergency response capability in support of the mission of the Wood County Office of Emergency Management and County and City Emergency Responders, Wood County CERT has organized into four levels of response teams.
Frequently-Asked Questions
This page provides answers to the most frequently-asked questions we receive about our program, and includes a link for you to ask and receive answers to any questions you might have about us.
Teen CERT
If you are an interested teen, the program teaches you readiness and response skills. Hands-on practice and realistic exercises prepare you for the unexpected in your school and your community.
The National CERT Program
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Visit the national CERT website.

Page last revised on Saturday, 20 August 2016

Page last updated Wednesday April 15, 2020 11:51 AM -0400
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