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Polk County, Oregon


2014 Basic CERT
January 11 & February 8: in Hoodland, OR.
March 4 - 27, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 pm - 8:30 pm in Polk County
May 3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th in Polk County

2014 CERT Program Manager Course
January 18th & 19th in Cannon Beach, OR.

2014 Train the Trainer (TTT) Academy
April 4th, 5th & 6th in Astoria, OR.

2014 CERT Tools for Leadership Success
March 15th in Roseburg, OR.
May 24th in Polk County

Photo: Basic CERT Academy, Winter 2012

Here are a few of our member's favorite links.

Happy Winter, 2014!

Polk County CERT is an Independence Police Department program that was begun in 2001. Although we operate out of Independence, through generous support from the Cities of Independence, Monmouth and Dallas we are tasked with, and able to assist, all of Polk County.

Do you have what it takes to be a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Law Enforcement Officer, Search and Rescue Member or Disaster Relief Worker? This is your chance to explore those callings. We are not a First Responder Agency, but we will teach you a little of what they do and provide opportunities to put those skills to the test.

As you read through our website and learn more about the two goals guiding the Polk County CERT program, you are taking the first step towards becoming a valuable resource in our community.

First, we want to give you the knowledge and confidence needed to create a safe environment for you and your family. We'll show you ways to mitigate damage in a disaster situation, provide effective first aid, and become a leader in safety and disaster prevention in your neighborhood and work community. Our 24 hour CERT Academy is free. If you decided to join our team, you pay a small fee for classroom materials and the basic first aid/search and rescue pack you get to keep upon academy completion,.

Second, starting January of 2014 we are bringing deliveries of the courses listed on our training page to communities across Oregon. It is our belief that the solution to the challenging economic times we face is through program mentorship and resource networking. We participate in preparedness discussions at the local, county and state levels to better identify populations, niches and high need areas where we can best effect positive changes. From hosting social networking sites that allow statewide CERT Program Administrators to share ideas and resources and hosting preparedness forums for special needs populations, to encouraging our schools to create faculty, staff and Teen CERT Teams, our Leadership Corp is active, proactive, and visible throughout Polk County.

I have been a part of this program since 2003, working my way through the ranks as a Team Member, Team Lead, Trainer, and currently serve as the Program & Training Coordinator. Throughout the years I have found a consistently high standard of professionalism, quality volunteers and knowledgeable instruction at every level. Whether you choose to serve as a Team Member, Leadership Member or Trainer, I'm confident that you will find your experience to be a truly rewarding one.

I hope to hear from you soon. In the meantime, please feel free to browse our website and thank you for your interest in the Polk County CERT program.

Kimber Townsend
Program & Training Coordinator, Polk County CERT

Last Updated: January 2014


Questions? Contact us at ktownsend@polkcountycert.org


555 S. Main St., Independence, Oregon,