Community Emergency Response Team
Polk County, Oregon

Happy Fall, 2015!

Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about the National CERT program as well as how we operate here in Polk County, Oregon.

Over the past 14 years our CERT has grown into a vibrant program that supports 3 Police Departments, 2 Fire Districts, 1 University and 4 City Administrations within our county. Our routine duties run a range of functions, from providing man hours at large community events, to enhancing community outreach and preparedness efforts, facilitation of and participation on multi-agency training activities, grant writing/administration support, and improving inter-operability networking and partnerships.

Our Senior Instructional Team also brings low/no cost Oregon Emergency Management sanctioned CERT courses statewide upon local agency request. Our G-Series CERT Basic, CERT TTT and CERT Program Manager courses concisely mirror the current best practices taught by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) located at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, MD.

In 2014 we delivered 6 (G317) CERT Basic, 4 (G428) CERT TTT and 3 (G427) CERT Program Manager courses, as well as 2 "CERT Tools for Leadership Success" courses. We've greatly enjoy mentoring emergent programs as well as sharing the common struggles and success stories we've heard from others, helping to build a stronger statewide network of successful and engaged CERT programs.

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 serving as the Program Coordinator and Course Manager. However you choose to serve in our program, I'm confident that you will find your experience to be a truly rewarding one.

Kimber Townsend
Program & Training Coordinator, Polk County CERT

SAFER Program
Seniors with Animals: Focused Emergency Response

2015 Courses:

Basic CERT
October 3rd, 10th and 18th in Polk Co., OR.

CERT Program Manager

Train the Trainer (TTT)

CERT Tools for Leadership Success

2016 Courses:

Basic CERT

CERT Program Manager
March 4th - 6th at Marion Co. Emergency Management

Train the Trainer (TTT)
February 5th - 7th at Marion Co. Emergency Management
February 19th - 21st in Milwaukie, OR.

CERT Tools for Leadership Success

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