Learn About CERT

What is CERT?
If paid or volunteer professional responders are not available to address immediate life-saving needs or to protect property, CERT members can help. CERTs are not intended to replace a community's response capability, but rather, to serve as an important supplement to it.

CERT members must keep their safety in mind as their first priority. CERT volunteers must know their capabilities and the limitations of their training and equipment and work within those limitations.

CERTs can complement and enhance first-response capability by working outward from their homes to the neighborhood or office and beyond until first responders arrive or until the teams report to an incident command post. CERTs can then assist first-response personnel as directed. CERT members will be Douglas County volunteers and will become eligible for worker’s compensation coverage and liability protection during a recognized disaster or training exercises.

For more information about education, training opportunities or to join the Douglas County Community Emergency
Response Team, please contact 775-783-6037 or email [email protected].