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Community Emergency Response Team
Wood County
Wants You
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.

We are now actively recruiting new members to organize, train, and
prepare in anticipation of the CERT program being reactivated in or
about January 2017. Look HERE.

Being part of CERT won’t make you a Super Hero.

Super Heroes

But it will sure make you feel like one!

Do You Qualify?

Desire to Serve Your Community: To get the most out of your CERT experience, you should be concerned about the safety and well-being of your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. You should have a desire to assist your community in an emergency without being concerned about who gets the credit. People should be more important than praise to you.

Experience: No experience is required. We provide all the training you need to be an effective CERT Member. However, we are especially anxious to recruit people with previous[1] experience in CERT or any other kind of preparedness, prevention, or emergency services, such as firefighter, EMT, paramedic, nursing, search and rescue, law enforcement, or security.

Background Check: Never convicted of a felony, sexual offense, or crime of violence or theft.

Politics: Not a member of any organization advocating the violent overthrow of the government.

Health/Mobility: Must be breathing relatively unassisted with a body temperature approaching 98.6F (or thereabouts). Must not abuse alcohol or narcotics. If you need a wheelchair or walker, you must provide your own, as we cannot provide them for you. You will only be assigned to tasks and responsibilities consistent with your physical abilities.

Confidentiality: As CERT members, we have the potential to be exposed to our friends and neighbors during the worst circumstances of their lives. We also have the potential to be exposed to personal health/medical or “law enforcement sensitive” information. CERT is like Las Vegas: Whatever happens in CERT stays in CERT!

Age Limits: Must be at least 18 years old to be a full “adult” member. Teens from 14 to 18 years old can participate in Teen CERT with parents’ permission. Kids younger than 14 may not be official members of CERT until their 14th birthday, but are welcome to take the training and participate in all activities when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. There is no upper age limit, and seniors are encouraged to participate. See comments under Health/Mobility, above.

Our Non-Discrimination Policy

(Yes, we really are serious about this!) Wood County CERT is committed to a policy of fair, whole-community representation and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, age, disability, gender, religious preference, sexual orientation, geography, politics, or group affiliations (other than “supremacist” groups of any kind or groups advocating the violent overthrow of the government). All CERT members adhere to these same standards in the course of their duties. Individuals with special needs are encouraged to actively participate in the Wood County CERT program and will be assigned duties consistent with their abilities and training.

Download your Application for Membership HERE and send it to the address on the form.
For additional information about the program, email us at info@woodcountycert.org
or call Director Rick Sawyer at (304) 481-3398.

The next scheduled CERT Basic Training will be posted HERE.


   1. Medical personnel with current licenses/certification and currently-active first responders are encouraged to participate in the CERT program as trainers, supervisors, or advisors. However, they are not permitted to serve as CERT responders for two reasons. First, in the event of a disaster in which CERT would be activated, their immediate responsibility will be to respond with their own agency. Second, the extremely limited functions that CERT members are permitted to perform will put licensed/certified individuals in direct conflict with the requirements of their license/certification. [RETURN]

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