Media Release

Upcoming CERT Classes

Friday, March 21, 2014 1:15 PM
CERT ProgramALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Alachua County Emergency Management is enrolling citizens for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program. The seven classes are on Tuesday evenings (from April 1, through May 13, 2014), and each session runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes are held at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center (1100 SE 27th Street, Gainesville). The classes are free, and the registration deadline is April 1.

Alachua County Emergency Management Coordinator, Ebbin Spellman said, "It is never too early to begin preparing for the 2014 Hurricane Season, and there's no better way than to attend the CERT program." He continued, "CERT teaches citizens how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters."

Class topics include:

·        Disaster Preparedness

·        Fire Safety

·        Disaster Medical Operations

·        Light Search and Rescue Operations

·        CERT Organization and Disaster Psychology

·        Terrorism and CERT

Click to register.

Alachua County Emergency Management will be offering subsequent CERT classes from July 1, to August 12, 2014, and from October 7, to November 18, 2014.

For more information, call Alachua County Emergency Management at 352-264-6500.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

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).