Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Program Overview

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a nationally supported, locally implemented initiative that provides disaster preparedness education, emergency response training, and volunteer opportunities to the public. To learn more about CERT from a national perspective, visit (click on the link to access the site).

CERT Basic Training

The CERT Basic Training is a 20-hour base level course that teaches you how to prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters so you can safely help yourself and those around you in times of crisis. A class may be delivered in one weekend or over the course of several weeks. There's no cost to attend, but you must be at least 19 years old. Once completed, additional training and volunteer opportunities are available for those interested.

Upcoming Training

Spring 2024 CERT Basic Training (click here to register)
Every Monday at 7:00pm from March 4th through April 22nd in Bellevue, NE.

If the upcoming training listed doesn't work with your schedule, you can sign up to be notified when additional training is scheduled (click here to sign up).

If you have any questions, feel free to email the CERT Coordinator, Tandra Paulson, at