CERT is a proud partner of Citizen Corps and the effort to have everyone in America prepare, train, and volunteer.
Month and year the CERT Program was started:
Point of Contact:
On average, this CERT Program conducts the CERT
Basic Training Course
times a year.
Number of CERT classes that have graduated
since the program started:
Number of individuals who have completed CERT
Basic Training Course since the program started:
Number of times the CERTs have responded in actual
The Community Emergency Response Teams that are sponsored by the Mesa County Retired And Senior Volunteer Program are comprised of men and women age 55 and older. These teams are known locally as the "Senior CERTS." They have all received 24 hours of initial training; and they meet for three hours each month to maintain skills, take advanced training and execute special projects.The Senior CERTS are trying to fill niches that are not being filled by other emergency personnel. Senior CERTS have been tentatively assigned to work with patient transport and tracking in local hospitals during a disaster. CERT volunteers have also developed specific plans to help with the organization of spontaneous volunteers during a disaster. Senior CERT volunteers, in cooperation with the Childcare Coalition, have developed a curriculum and emergency preparedness kits and are currently training childcare providers in emergency preparedness. In cooperation with the Center for Independence, Senior CERTS are developing specific plans to aid people with special needs during a disaster. Senior CERTS are also developing a procedure to teach seniors who are living independently emergency preparedness skills and to help supply these seniors with the materials they need to survive for 72 hours during a disaster situation.