Why should I get involved in CERT?  

In the event of a catastrophic disaster you and your family, as well as your community, may be on your own for a period of time due to the size of the area affected.  Emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately because of the time it takes to set up and prepare an organized response to the disaster.  You, your family, and your community may need to rely on your own resources (food, water, medical treatment and shelter) for several days or longer.

You can make a difference by being prepared.


     CERT training prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors during these emergencies. During this course you will learn:
  • The fundamentals of preparedness
  • How to handle medical situations
  • How to find and remove victims from homes/businesses
  • How to deal with chemicals and small fires
  • How to mentally cope with disasters
  • How to respond to acts of terrorism

CERT Basic Course Training

Saturday Classes 

All in-person classes are cancelled due to Covid-19 until further notice.  Online training is available. 
Please reach out to training@kentcountycert.org for more information.


Training is held at:

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Building
1632 Linden Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

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