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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
CERT is an all-volunteer organization under White County's Department of Public Safety.
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
ALL CERT TRAINING IS FREE
" 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
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
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