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Community Emergency Response Team

About CERT

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates community members about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and provides training 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 neighborhoods or workplace following an emergency event.



CERT Training

CERT workshops provide 24 hours of basic training followed by an emergency disaster simulation.  Participants are required to bring safety equipment (gloves, goggles, mask) and disaster supplies (bandages, flashlight, dressings), which will be used for practice during the training.  For more information about local training opportunities, contact:


621 W. Madrone, Rm 412

Roseburg, OR  97470




Volunteer Opportunities

When you have completed the basic training, it is important to stay involved and practice your new skills.  Our local CERT organization offers periodic refresher sessions and additional training opportunities.

In addition you are welcome to join a CERT team, participate on a CERT committee or with local or county-wide emergency exercises, or help with local events, such as manning our booth at fairs or joining the CERT team in parades.  CERT team members are also called to help with local emergency situations.



Emergency Response Training Exercises

CERT training concludes with an emergency disaster simulation that covers fire safety, light search and rescue, and medical triage. CERT members and volunteers participate as victims.



Background on CERT

The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California, and confirmed the need for training civilians and local, state, and government agencies to safely assist with emergencies when Emergency Services personnel are overwhelmed.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes the importance of preparing citizens. The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and the National Fire Academy adopted and expanded the CERT materials believing them applicable to all hazards.

How to Reach Us

Health Department
621 W Madrone
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 464-3867
Toll Free: 1 (800) 234-0985

Click here to visit the National Community Emergency Response Website