CERT & Disaster Preparedness
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. 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.
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 is a proud member of the Meramec Valley Citizen Corps Council which partners with several police and fire agencies to provide CERT training throughout the St. Louis area.
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.
As of August 2017, the Meramec Valley Citizen Corps Council has partnered with the St. Louis Community College to offer FREE CERT Training for area students.
The next offering will begin at the Wildwood Campus on August 23rd, 2018. Classes will be held from 6:30pm – 10pm on Thursday evenings. Call (314) 984-7777 to sign up today. Explain you would like to register for class "EMSS 715 350 - Community Emergency Response Team Training. Click here for more information.
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.
For questions about the CERT program, contact the Crime Prevention Officer at (314) 442-2075.