Summit County
Community Emergency
Response Team

Volunteer Teams Supporting Emergency Responders

Volunteer Opportunities


What is CERT?

CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself,  your family and your neighbors in the event of a disaster.  By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property.

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

How does CERT Help the Community?

In addition to supporting emergency responders during a disaster, the CERT program builds strong working relationships between emergency responders and the people they serve.

CERT teams may also help with community emergency plans, neighborhood exercises, preparedness outreach, fire safety education and workplace safety.

What do CERT Teams do in an Emergency?

Under the direction of local emergency responders, CERT teams help provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims, providing damage assessment information, and helping organize other volunteers at a disaster site.

Volunteers trained in CERT also offer a potential workforce for performing duties such as shelter support, crowd control and evacuation.

How Much Training Do I Need?

CERT training takes 16 hours to complete and provides critical skills in emergency preparedness and response.

Who Should Take CERT Training?

CERT training is available for individuals 18 years and older who are interested in taking an active role in hometown preparedness.  Examples include neighborhood watch groups, community leaders, parents, faith-based communities, school personnel, members of clubs and civic organizations.

What About Liability Protection?

Ohio Revised Code 5502.281 provides liability protection to registered Ohio Citizen Corps volunteers (which includes Ohio CERT volunteers) during local, state or federally-declared emergencies, disasters, drills and trainings. The statute also exempts a registered volunteer's personal information in the Ohio Citizen Corps database from public disclosure. It is critical that the registration process be completed in its entirety to be eligible for liability protection.

How Do I Register?

Simply complete the registration process on www.ohioresponds.gov.  Once you register, you will receive a "pending" status until all of your training has been completed.

If you have any questions, please contact CERT Coordinator Marlene Martin at (330) 926-5774 or mmartin@schd.org

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