Media Release

Cert Classes Offered

Thursday, August 5, 2010 12:20 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Public Safety Department’s Division of Emergency Management is now enrolling citizens in its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program. 

CERT teaches citizens how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.  The next CERT class is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 and runs through October 19, 2010. 

“It is never too late to begin preparing for the 2010 Hurricane Season,” said Emergency Management Chief David Donnelly, “and there’s no better way than to attend the CERT program.”

The seven-week class is free-of-charge to the public and covers the following topics:

·         Disaster Preparedness

·         Fire Safety  

·         Disaster Medical Operations  

·         Light Search and Rescue Operations  

·         CERT Organization and Disaster Psychology  

·         Terrorism and CERT  

The seven classes are on Tuesday evenings, and each session runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes are held at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center located at 1100 SE 27th Street in Gainesville.  The registration deadline is September 6, 2010.

For more information, or to register, please contact Emergency Management at 352-264-6500, or click here to go to the website.



If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).