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No matter where you live, no matter who you are, we all have a role in hometown preparedness.

What role will you play?

Volunter of the Month

CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an incident, emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives & protect property.

As a member of a CERT team, you can respond to disasters, participate in drills and exercises and take additional training. CERT teams are known and trusted resources to emergency responders and their communities.


White County Office of Public Safety  


Fall 2019 Basic CERT Training Class

September 5 - November 21

Thursday evenings 6 - 9 PM

White County Senior Center

1239 Helen Highway

Cleveland, Georgia 30528

This is a free class. It is primarily for those who would

like to become White County CERT Volunteers. You

will receive the training and experience necessary to enable you to assist White County Fire, EMT and

Police professionals in the event of a major disaster

in White County. Anyone can take this class. There is

no commitment to White County by taking this class.

All you need is the desire to learn how to protect

yourself, your family and neighbours in the event of

an emergency or disaster.

Training in the Basic CERT Class will include the following areas: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue Operations, Community Emergency Response Team Organization, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism and CERT, National Incident Management System

Course Directors, Chuck & Barb Blaine

  Class size is limited. Register by calling 706-865-9500

or email anewberry@whitecounty.net Please provide name, email address & phone number should we need

to contact you prior to the first class

In 95% of all emergencies, the victim or bystander provides the first immediate assistance on the scene.

Would you know what to do?

Coming Soon


CERT is an all-volunteer organization under White County's Department of Public Safety.


CERT Partners

Picture Provided by Roger Williams, WFDP

Additional and Advanced CERT classes are offered throughout the year.

See White County CERT Calendar for dates & details


History of CERT

After 9/11 Homeland Security under FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) established the CERT program as a way to  extend response to disasters on a local level. There are now over 2700 such volunteer organizations nationally with 58 in Georgia.

In White County the CERT programs is under of the Department of Public Safety. A basic 20 hour course using a national curriculum, is followed by a wide array of specialized courses in fire safety, search and rescue, communications, medical assistance and etc. Various government agencies, such as our partners listed below have made a vast amount of material available on-line for individual and instructional use.

White County has graduated 3 classes in the Basic CERT Course. As of July, 1889 volunteer hours have been logged for the 2018 year. Below is a photo of the Fall, 2018 Class.

2018 Autumn CERT Graduating Class

"The importance of CERT is the protection from unknown events starting at home with yourself & your family. Only then can you help support your community."  -  Jeff Hufsey, Pioneer of White County CERT

" A good basic training for any citizen that cares about his or her community." - Jim Morgan


" I wanted to be on the Chainsaw Committee. I'm retired and have time to give." - David Mays

2017 Autumn CERT Graduating Class

White County Georgia CERT


Leah Torregiano, CERT Volunteer Coordinator

  White County Department of Public Safety  

David Murphy, Director


for class registration or questions call Ana Newberry, 706-865-9500

Photograph Credits: Roger Williams and Chuck & Barbara Blaine

Map Credits: Dan Flanders, White County Mapping

White County Telephone List and 2017 Disaster Article: Wayne Hardy, White County News