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. There is no cost for the training.
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..
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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
e. Radio Operation (see Appendix B)
6. Qualify for one of the following tasks (see Appendix B):
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.
We will have detailed information regarding specific training events. READ MORE here.
Links to informational websites such as FEMA, Code Red, Ohio Responds, emergency preparedness apps and weather are provided here.
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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.
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.