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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Next Cert Training Will Be Offered In 2017

Click to sign up for the CERT Training: Sign Up Here - Click here.​ 

2017 Courses:

You Must Attend The Entire Series Of Dates- This Is A 21 Hour Course

Class is restricted to 30 people - please make sure that you receive an email confirmation as classes tend to fill up quickly.  The email will contain the location of the training and additional instructions.  You can expect to receive an email if you are confirmed two to three weeks prior to the course.

Next 2017 Courses:

March 24, 25, 26 (FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY) Friday from 6PM-9PM, Saturday from 8AM-5PM, Sunday 8AM-5PM CLASS LOCATION: Southport High School


April 28, 29, 30 (FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY) Friday from 6PM-9PM, Saturday from 8AM-5PM, Sunday 8AM-5PM CLASS LOCATION: 201 N Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219 (Enter on the south side Entrance 1)


July 14, 15, 16 (FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY) Friday from 6PM-9PM, Saturday from 8AM-5PM, Sunday 8AM-5PM CLASS LOCATION: TBD


August 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 (TUESDAY, THURSDAY)  from 6PM-9PM, (CLASS LOCATION:  201 N Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219 (Enter on the south side Entrance 1)


October 7, 14, 21 (SATURDAY) 8AM-5PM, CLASS LOCATION: 201 N Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219 (Enter on the south side Entrance 1)


November 3, 4, 5 (FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY) Friday from 6PM-9PM, Saturday from 8AM-5PM, Sunday 8AM-5PM CLASS LOCATION: 201 N Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219 (Enter on the south side Entrance 1)


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2017 Advanced Courses:

(Must have completed 21 hour CERT Training to participate)


Inclusion of People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs, Thurs, March 2, 2017 6:30 PM


Shelter Management Sat, March 4, 2016 8:00 AM


St. Vincent Helicopter Safety Training, Sat, Mar 11, 2017


Radio Communication Class Sat, April 8, 2017 9:00 AM


Traffic and Crowd Control Sat, April 8, 2017 1:00 PM


Refresher Course and Tabletop Sat, May 13, 2017 9:00 AM


Search & Rescue Class, Sat, Jun 10, 2017


Disaster First Aid, Sat, Jun 24, 2017


Animal Care and Control Sat, Aug 19, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster Tue, Sept 26, 2017 6:30 PM


Diversity Awareness, Thur, Sept 28, 2017 6:30 PM


Cyber Security Class  Thu, Oct 5, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

Here is one of our CERT Presentations for the Community.​

How Does CERT Benefit the Community?

Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs. 

One also expects that under these kinds of conditions family members, fellow employees, and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other. This was the case following the Mexico City earthquake where untrained, spontaneous volunteers saved 800 people. However, 100 people lost their lives while attempting to save others. This is a high price to pay and is preventable through training.

If we can predict that emergency services will not meet immediate needs following a major disaster, especially if there is no warning as in an earthquake, and people will spontaneously volunteer, what can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality?

First, present people the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services. Second, give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness. Third, train them in needed life saving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Fourth, organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.

I want to help, what do I need to do?

Attend the CERT training course to become a Team Member. You will learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your community for a disaster. Become familiar with tools to help you organize after a disaster and how to conduct triage and provide basic first aid. Learn to assess damage after the disaster, extinguish a small fire, conduct searches and rescue victims safely, and complete a small-scale disaster simulation!

For more information of to set up a presentation about what CERT is all about for your group please contact Elia James our Program Manager at 317-506-7770 or elia.james2@indy.gov and thank you!

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CERT Newsletters are sent out quarterly - Sign Up Here

Past Newsletter:

View CERT Newsletter Second Quarter 2013

Chief Gary Coons talks about his support for CERT.

A letter from our Chief!