Southeast Missouri State University

What is CERT?

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program designed to prepare a community for a major disaster. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference.

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Upcoming Classes

CERT Class

  • September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21 - 8:00 am-12:00 noon

Located at Cape Girardeau County Public Health Department Conference Room 2, 1121 Linden Cape Girardeau MO 63701

CERT Refresher

(for those who completed a CERT class more than two years ago)

  • Option One: August 19 and 21, 5:30-9:30 pm - Fire Station #3 1975 N Sprigg - Downstairs
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  • Option Two: August 23 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Both options located at Fire Station #3 Downstairs Training Room, 1975 N Sprigg Cape Girardeau MO 63701

Course Information

20-hour CERT Training Program

  • The 20-hour CERT Training program covers topics such as:
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Fire Suppression
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Light Search & Rescue Operations
  • Disaster Psychology & Team Organization
  • Bio-Terrorism
  • Disaster Simulation

CERT Refresher Course
When was the last time you practiced your CERT skills? If severe weather struck, would you be prepared?

The winters of 2008 and 2009 brought paralyzing ice storms to regions of Missouri. In February 2008, we experienced a round of severe thunderstorms in Southeast Missouri – and in March 2008 we saw several severe thunderstorms and tornados. The cities of Crosstown, Caruthersville, and Jackson, Missouri have been struck by tornados in recent times leaving behind a grim reminder of how devastating these twisters can be.

Our CERT Refresher program will cover:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Suppression
  • Box Cribbing & Cribbing Operations
  • Rescue Lifts & Carries
  • Medical Operations
  • Triage
  • Search & Rescue

As part of this program, your picture will be taken and new CERT Picture ID Cards will be issued.

CERT Refresher classes will be scheduled as needed.

Restrictions, Cost and Equipment Lists

Restrictions: You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this training program.
Cost: No charge
Required Dress/Equipment List: Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes to accommodate the weather. If available, bring your personal response pack. Click here for the recommended CERT equipment and supplies list.

Are You Prepared? Be CERTain with CERT!

If you have not been to a CERT Refresher within the last two (2) years, the time is now!

If you're interested in scheduling a CERT Refresher Course, please contact Jim Watkins at (573) 339-6799 ext. 2.

The following agencies are presenting this training course as a community service:

  • American Red Cross
  • Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center
  • Cape Girardeau Fire Department
  • City of Cape Girardeau
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • State Emergency Management Agency
CERT Equipment & Supplies List

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