Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training begins mornings on January 30, it’s free


 Learn basic disaster and emergency response skills – such as disaster preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, and team organization – through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) nationally-certified training program, which begins on January 30. It’s free.


“The program is an invaluable partnership between the community and professional first responders,” said Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord. “CERT allows our residents to train with subject matter experts. Previous experience is not necessary – just a desire to learn and help others.”


Registration – which is required for this 30-hour course that meets 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the Emergency Operations Center through February 15 – can be accessed by going to and then selecting “Volunteering & Training” from the menu. The course concludes 1 to 4 p.m. February 15 with a disaster simulation and graduation. 


Flagler County’s CERT program is made possible through a partnership between Emergency Management, Fire Rescue, and the nonprofit Flagler Volunteer Services.  


“It is a way to improve countywide preparedness by providing members of our community with additional knowledge and tools to get ready for and respond to emergencies and disasters,” Lord said. “When our residents are trained in these basic disaster skills, it allows neighbors to help each other while our first responders are focusing on the most critical needs in a disaster.”


The Winter 2024 CERT program will educate residents about topics such as: team organization; disaster medical skills; disaster psychology; fire safety and utility controls; light search and rescue; and, terrorism.


Those who are interested in learning more about CERT should consider taking the free online FEMA IS-317 course. Registration is required, and attendance at all sessions is necessary to receive certification. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a T-shirt and disaster kit.


For more information about this Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, go to and select “Volunteering & Training” from the menu, or for those without Internet access, call 386-313-4200 for assistance.

By Julie Murphy

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