Shawnee County Emergency Management

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December 30, 2010


Contact: Mr. Dave Sterbenz • 785.233.8200

Emergency Management to Offer CERT Academy

EM Director Announces New Community Emergency Response Team Classes

Being prepared for any emergency is essential, being prepared to respond to a disaster is a step above that. CERT or Community Emergency Response Team of Shawnee County is holding an academy for residents who want to be able to help others deal with the aftermath of a disaster.

Following a major disaster, first responders who provide medical and fire services may not be able to meet the demand for these services. Many factors contribute to this, including communication failures, road blockages and the number of victims affected. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate emergency needs. CERT Academy teaches citizens how to take care of themselves, their families, their neighborhood and their community.

The CERT course benefits anyone who takes it. Those who take the course are better prepared to respond to a disaster. Those trained through CERT could be called to work as part of a neighborhood, business or government team that will be in essence, auxiliary responders following a disaster. These groups could be essential to providing immediate assistance to victims, organizing volunteers and collecting disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders to prioritize their response.

Since 1993, when this training was first made available by FEMA, communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico have held CERT training for residents.

CERT Academy dates are:

  • Fri, Jan 21 · 6 – 10 p.m.
  • Sat, Jan 22 · 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Fri, Jan 28 · 6 – 10 p.m.
  • Sat, Jan 29 · 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All training sessions must be completed to graduate the free course. For more information, please send an email to Dusty Nichols at or call 785.233.8200x4152 as soon as possible. Seats are limited.

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