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Focused Disaster Response
2013 Basic CERT Academies
January - March: Thursdays
May 4th, 11th and 18th
Octber 5th, 12th & 19th
November 16th, 23rd & 30th
2013 CERT Program Manager Course
December 6th, 7th & 8th
2013 Train the Trainer (TTT) Academy
December 20th, 21st & 22nd
For Registration Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Basic CERT Academy, Winter 2012
Here are a few of our member's favorite links.
American Red Cross
Federal Emergency Managment Agency
Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Independent Study Courses
Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
Happy Fall, 2013!
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 cover, all of Polk County.
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, our primary goal is give you the knowledge and confidence needed to create a safe environment for you and your family. We hope to 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, 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.
If you've ever wondered if 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 get your feet wet and taste a little of what those roles can encompass. We are not a First Responder Agency, but we will teach you a little of what they do and provide opportunities that give you a chance to put those skills to the test.
I have personally 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.
Program & Training Coordinator, Polk County CERT