CERT & Disaster Preparedness

CERT Program

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program was established after September 11, 2001 and is designed to encourage citizens and communities to be diligent in their awareness of neighborhood activity and to become more involved in emergency preparedness.
Following a major disaster, first responders, such as police, fire fighters, paramedics and even public utility providers may not be able to meet the demands for public service. Individual neighbors may have to rely on each other for immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs.

The Creve Coeur Police Department currently partners with several police and fire agencies to provide CERT training throughout the St. Louis area. We are members of the Meramec Valley Citizen Corps Council and partner with the City of Town and Country, West County Fire Protection District, City of Des Peres and the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District.

CERT Training

CERT training is a program designed to give ordinary citizens the knowledge and basic equipment needed to care for themselves, their families and their community following a disaster or terrorist act.

The program has eight topics covering:
  • Basic disaster preparedness
  • Basic first aid and medical training
  • Fire suppression
  • Search and rescue
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • Terrorism awareness
  • Instruction on team organization and disaster psychology
The training concludes with a live disaster simulation where students are given the opportunity to put their skill to work.


***ATTENTION: Due to unforeseen circumstances, our CERT program is currently suspended. Please contact the crime prevention officer if you have any questions***

The next basic CERT class will be start October 5, 2016 and continue for seven consecutive Wednesday nights from 6:30-9:00 p.m. There will be a practical on November 19, 2016 where students will be given the opportunity to exercise the skills they have learned. All classes will be held at the West County EMS & Fire Protection District #2 located at 13790 Manchester Rd.

A background check of all applicants will be completed to ensure the safety and confidentiality of certain material. All applicants must be over 18.

Registration for the CERT program can be completed online or by calling the Crime Prevention Officer at the Creve Coeur Police Department at (314) 442-2075. Participation is limited to the first 40 registrants and this class fills up fast!

Existing CERT Members - Update Your Contact Information

The Police Department would like to stay in touch with CERT graduates. If you are a CERT graduate, please complete this form to update your contact information.