Free CERT Class Offered in April

CERT 3 2014CERT is a Community Emergency Response Team group of organized and trained volunteer disaster workers that operates at the neighborhood level.


They are prepared to be self-sustaining for five days following a large disaster.

When disaster strikes, CERT volunteers spring into action: they check on neighbors, suppress small fires, conduct light urban search and rescue, and provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort to their neighbors.


In the post-disaster environment, CERT members organize and direct spontaneous volunteers who offer to assist in the community during the crisis. CERTs may also be called upon to help in other areas during emergencies even when their own neighborhood is not impacted. The CERT Program prepares these volunteers with 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training. The training is provided by volunteer experts such as firefighters, EMTs, and building safety personnel.


The Health Department will be offering a free CERT training class for adults 18 years an older on April 11, April 18, and April 25, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the lower level of the health department. A free emergency CERT pack will be provided to all participants. Registration is required. Please call the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department at 573-883-7411.