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Our spring drill will take place on June 16, 2018 at 10000 Brecksville Road (VA hospital property)

Chief Zamiska has generously given CERT access to the VA property on June 16 from approximately 8:30-Noon. More details about the drill will be given here and through email but our plan is to provide all participants with lunch. One item we know for sure is that we have to comply to a set of rules, one of which is a signed liability waiver for each drill participant Please complete the pre-registration form. If you have questions or would like to be on the email list, just click on the webmaster link at the bottom of this page or email the current BBH CERT President, Melissa Mathys.

Credit goes to and Melissa Mathys for photos used in this banner.


  • FEMA sponsored training:

    The next training session begins September 12, 2018. It will be every Wednesday from September 12 through the second week of November. The class is TBD but most likely will be at Southwest General Hospital. Contact Jackie Hauschild for futher information and click here for the flyer.

    There is also a Quad City CERT FEMA class set for every Wednesday from September 5, 2018 through October 24, 2018 as well. Click here for more information. It will be conducted by Quad City.

    CERT is ultimately under the FEMA umbrella. Our members are not required to become FEMA certified, we do however encourage each CERT member to complete the certification. In addition, there are certain events that will require FEMA certified volunteers.

    The Notheast Ohio Region often hosts the FEMA CERT training classes. Typically it is 20 hours of class and an drill event are required to complete the certification. The next class is scheduled for March 2016, but if you want to get a head start, there are several on-line courses you can take. Use this link..

  • Ohio Responds :

    According to the state of Ohio, anyone who responds outside of their local community is required to be registered at the Ohio Responds  website. Please make sure you are using Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer version 8, 9, 10, or 11.
    If you have not registered yet, please do so and the members of the board can help you get activated.
    You will be asked to upload the pdf files for three certificates so have them handy when you register.  There is a sidebar that indicates the % completion of your registration and your account status. 
    To update your credentials, choose the "MY PROFILE" page.

    Here are some suggestions to complete your registration efficiently: The Training Section

    (1)      Before registering, volunteers must complete some form of relevant training.  There are a variety of trainings that count (e.g., CERT Basic Training, CPR/AED, first aid, or a FEMA online course).

    (2)      In order to register, volunteers must be confirmed members of a CERT.  Some CERTs require individuals to complete the CERT Basic Training before their membership takes effect and, therefore, before they can register with Ohio Responds.  That is fine as long as everyone understands that if members are participating in any activities before their Ohio Responds registration is accepted, they are not covered for liability.

    (3)      A certificate for the training needs to be uploaded.

  • Ohio CERT Training Recognition Program:

    In an effort to document volunteer training, the state of Ohio has implemented the Ohio CERT Training Recognition Program. This program consists of three levels of training: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.

  • Basic- completion of the 20 hour Basic FEMA CERT courses.
  • Intermediate: 6 courses and 5 elective courses.
  • Advanced: 7 courses and 5 elective courses.
  • The links above will take you to a detailed list of the courses required and will link directly to those that are available on-line.

    We will make the best effort possible to help you keep track of the training you have done. For the present, when you complete a course, send a copy of the pdf certificate to  In the future, you will be able to upload the certificate into your CERT folder from this website and see the courses completed and those yet to be completed.

    Some of the courses and training you complete will also be required for the NIMS- PIVI card. This link will take you to information on that credentialing program. We will use our database to keep track of fulfillment of those courses as well.

  • NIMS Credentialing PIV-I card: Personal Identity Verification Interoperability:

    NIMS Credentialing Criteria for CERTs (effective August 17, 2015)
    To receive a PIV-I (Personal Identity Verification-Interoperable) card, CERT volunteers must...
    1. Be a member of a CERT that is registered with FEMA.
    2. Be registered with and accepted by Ohio Responds.
    3. Sign a loyalty oath as prescribed by federal and state legislation.
    4. Have a clear background check (see Appendix A).
    5. Complete the following training and submit provider certificates:

      a. CERT Basic Training, classroom version

      b. IS-700 National Incident Management System An Introduction, any revision

      c. IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System, any revision

      d. IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, any revision

      e. Radio Operation (see Appendix B)

    6. Qualify for one of the following tasks (see Appendix B):

      a. Damage Assessment

      b. First Aid

      c. Points of Dispensing (PODs)

      d. Sheltering

      e. Wide Area Search

    7. Education: Must be able to understand and communicate in the English language with reasonable accommodation.

    8. Experience: None

    9. Certification/Licensure: None

    10. Physical/Medical/Behavioral Fitness: Will be determined at time of deployment.

  • training
    Training and Certifications

    We will have detailed information regarding specific training events. READ MORE here.

    Resources and Links

    Links to informational websites such as FEMA, Code Red, Ohio Responds, emergency preparedness apps and weather are provided here.

    Past Meeting minutes and photos

    Missed a meeting? Check photos and minutes from the past here.

    Current volunteer needs

    Volunteers are need for: READ MORE here.

    Current team leaders

    Nick Zamiska, Chief Melissa Mathys - President
    TJ Hartman Wayne Louis II
    Sue Schindler Tom Kalvas
    Brian Russo Carolyn Jatsek
    Marc Rubin Jared Winar
    Bill Zaker Lidia Dobronos
      Melissa Mathys - webmaster
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    Brecksville Broadview Heights CERT makes a great effort to participate in community events. Quite often we are asked to provide volunteers for traffic control and safety personnel for Operation Medicine Cabinet and Home Days.

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    Join CERT

    All residents of Brecksville or Broadview Heights are encouraged to join. You will be trained on how to respond to an emergency situation; how to take care of your family, neighbors and community. The commitment is up to you.  We have members who are active every month and others that help out during large drills or actual call-out situations.
    Joining is simple. 

    We ask that you complete this form. By using the SUBMIT button on the form, an email will be sent directly to us. If you have troulble with the form, print it and bring it to the next meeting.