Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)


Jerome O'Brien

Richard Dunn III
Operations Officer

Robert Reddick
Training Officer

Andy Holden
Logistics Officer

Cynthia Harvey
Administrative Officer

Mission Statement
“The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members are neighbors helping neighbors, trained and equipped to support safety, life and property preservation while doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people.”

The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for respond to and recover from disasters is enhanced.

CERT Functions
  • Provide emergency assistance to survivors in Stafford County and surrounding areas
  •  Serve in emergency preparedness, response and recovery roles (before, during, and after an emergency)
  • Supports community outreach including disaster preparedness education and awareness opportunities in Stafford County and surrounding jurisdictions
  • Other functions (within capability) as directed by the Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Management

Normal Operations
  • Support disaster education, initiatives, and community outreach encouraging disaster preparedness, response, and recovery skills
  • Support local / regional disaster exercises and drills
  • Support special events

Emergency Operations
  • Reduce impact of hazards through disaster response: Locating and turning off utilities, extinguishing small fires, providing situational awareness to citizens regarding hazards (downed powerlines, impassable roads, flooding, etc.)
  • Emergency Operations Center (EOC) operations (staffing, documentation support, communications, runners, and logistics support)
  • On scene augmentation for first responders with rehabilitation and light/air support
  • Disaster Medical Operations (basic first aid and treating life-threatening injuries until professional assistance can be obtained)
  • Light search and rescue operations
  • Windshield surveys
  • Crowd & Traffic Control
  • Support Disaster Reception Center
  • Support Shelter Operations
  • Support Family Assistance Center (FAC) operations
  • Delivery of food, water, and other supplies to survivors and or responders
  • Helping those with special needs
  • Helping disaster survivors cope with their emotional stressors

Join the Team
CERT is an essential program in the effort to engage everyone in efforts to make their communities safer, more prepared, and more resilient when incidents occur. To be a part of the Stafford County CERT please follow these steps:

Step 1: Fill out a Volunteer Application - Complete the form and contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (540) 658-7200 to arrange for a time when you can turn in records and schedule your background check.

Step 2: Complete required FEMA Online Courses
Step 3: Complete the CERT Basic Course – includes 20 hours of free training consisting of classroom instruction and hands-on exercises. The course ends with a final exercise where you apply the skills you've learned. Our current CERT program is for adults 18 and over. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory.

Step 4: Attend monthly meetings (2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00pm in the Stafford County Public Safety Center) and participate in scheduled events, training opportunities, and emergency incidents.

Contact Us
For additional information, including upcoming courses and CERT events, please contact the Stafford County CERT Coordinator at

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