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Basic and Advanced Training

There are many classes in addition to the 12 week Basic CERT Class. These are offered by White County’s Department of Public Safety and  other organizations. Some of the classes offered in the past year are: Management & Operations of a Disaster Shelter, Communications during a Disaster, Family Communications in a Disaster, Stop the Bleeding, Hands-On CPR, Search & Rescue, Canine Search & Rescue,Two Way Radios, Flagging, Terrorism, Encountering Dangerous Animals during a Disaster and various Mock Disasters. Check CERT CALENDAR  for current & up coming class offerings.

White County Volunteers

      CERT  In-service continued education requirements               

NIMS:National Incident Managememt System

All personnel, whether a paid employee or volunteer, must achieve 24 hours of in-service training within a calendar year. This training can be classroom, online or otherwise and must be documented at White County Office of Public Safety.

Volunteer agencies are a critical component of White County emergency response and recovery effort during a time of disaster. With this in mind, it is important that personnel comprising these organizations receive sufficient training that would allow them to operate efficiently and integrate fully into the local and state response system.

As White County embraces the National Incident Management System (NIMS) so must the volunteer community that supports the disaster effort. Training summaries must be completed prior to actively volunteering. Completed documentation must be submitted to the Office of Public Safety.

White County emergency management requires that the following training matrix be followed by volunteer agencies and organizations. These are minimum training guidelines. Volunteers are encouraged to exceed them as needed.

All Volunteer Responders:

- IS 100 Introduction to the Incident Command System

- IS 700 Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction

Volunteer Response Supervisors, Managers, Unit and team leaders need to add:

- IS 800 National Response Framework (NRF), an Introduction

These courses are available on-line at the Federal Emergency Management Agency / Emergency Management Institute website




Training Is


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ADMINISTRATIVE: Plan, guide, monitor, supervise and evaluate all White County CERT Programs & Activities 

CHAINSAW: Clear roadways for emergency vehicles.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION: Provide emergency awareness and preparedness educational programs for the community.

EQUIPMENT: Maintain all White County disaster equipment including trailers.

MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS: Maintain a contact list of trained medical personnel to assist White County Emergency Medical Services Team in the event of a major disaster, primarily with triage and pre-hospital care.

PUBLIC RELATIONS: Provide current & updated information on all White County CERT Training, Special Classes, Activities & Meetings through, The White County News and WRWH radio.

SEARCH & RESCUE: Assist White County Fire Department with manpower in locating and transporting lost or injured individuals.

SHELTER MANAGEMENGT: Oversee and supervise set-up and function of CERT shelters in the event of a disaster.

SPEAKERS BUREAU: Maintains a list of CERT volunteers who will provide Information programs for small or large community groups & organizations in White County.

TRAINING: Plan, supervise & evaluate all CERT Training Classes according to FEMA/GEMA/Department of White County Public Safety guidelines.

YOUTH PROGRAMS: Create, plan, supervise and evaluate CERT programs for teen-age-students.

For additional information or specific team qualifications, contact Ana Newberry, White County Emergency Services, 706-865-9500.

To sign up to volunteer with White County CERT you may download, print and complete this 7 page application - or - pick up an application packet at the Department of Public Safety. In either case, deliver completed application by mail or by hand (NOT ONLINE) as directed below.

           White County CERT Policy and Procedures


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"CERT Training is an excellent resource on how to prepare and endure a natural disaster."

          - Stevy Duke


Who Should Volunteer

Who should take CERT training?

- People interested in taking an

   active role in hometown


- Neighborhood Watch groups

- Community leaders

- Scouting and youth organizations

- Students, teachers and

  school administrators

- Members of clubs and

   civic organizations

"A wonderful way to combine community service and fellowship."

           - Theresa Wages

" I took this training to be a better community member and to be prepared for every natural or man-made disaster."

        - Charlie Thomas

"The reason we decided to take the CERT training is because we got interested in the community and wanted to give back using our previous knowledge and expertise in the public safety field."   - Leah  Santirocco Torregiano

"I like learning things. I didn't have a schedule conflict so thought I can at least show up."   - Sam Litz

" I like helping people."  - Bradley Barden

"I want to give back to the community."  - David Bock