Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Volunteers learn basics about how to respond to a disaster or emergency in their community through training provided free by the Pikes Peak Office of Emergency Management and its partners. Training includes local risks, personal preparedness, fire and hazmat safety, disaster medical operations, light search & rescue, psychological first aid, terrorism awareness, and team organizational skills.
UPCOMING CERT CLASSES AND COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS
- CERT Basic Training:
- CERT Basic training sessions are scheduled regularly in locations around El Paso County. To be notified of upcoming training sessions, please register at http://ppcert.eventzilla.net.
- “Hybrid” CERT training is also available, which is a combination of online self-study plus in-person skills checkoff days. To sign up for online/in-person hybrid courses, please join the notification list at http://ppcert.eventzilla.net. Email any questions about training here.
- Tourniquets and Deep Wounds Training: Bleeding Control first aid training is included in the regular CERT Basic training session. Additional “Stop the Bleed” classes are offered by UC Health. Go to uchealth.org/events/events for further details.
- Psychological First Aid Class: Free Psychological first aid training is open to the public. If you’re interested in taking this certification course, please email.
- Amateur Radio Technician Classes: Local amateur radio clubs offer beginning level Ham radio licensing courses in person and online. If you’d like information about these classes, please email us. Amateur radio VE license testing is held at the Office of Emergency Management facility on the second Saturday of every month by the Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association (PPRAA). For more details and to confirm in advance, visit the PPRAA website.
- Resources in Your Neighborhood: Learn how to organize your neighborhood or organization to be ready for a disaster, and more resilient afterwards. Visit the regional map to see where CERT members, volunteer amateur (Ham) radio operators, and Neighborhood Watch groups are located throughout the county.
Ready and Resilient Neighborhood Planning Guide. Visit this page for more about how to organize and connect your own neighborhood.
Join the Regional CERT Team: Individuals who would like to help with public education, special events, or emergency activations, are encouraged to join the Pikes Peak CERT team. Send an email to express your interest or receive an information packet.
Amateur Radio Operators: Are you a neighborhood resource? Add yourself (your call sign and neighborhood) to the community map to let residents nearby know you are willing to help in an emergency. Download the permission form to submit your information and specify what information you would like to share. If you are interested in joining the volunteer amateur radio operator team, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us for Neighborhood Net on each Saturday morning: at 10:00 a.m. on the PPHN repeater network 146.910 (negative offset, 151.4 tone);