Media Release

Community Emergency Response Team Enrollment

Monday, May 11, 2009 1:00 AM

May 11, 2009

10:15 a.m.

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Division of Emergency Management has begun enrolling citizens for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program.

It is never too early to begin preparing for the 2009 Hurricane Season. CERT teaches citizens how to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. The next CERT class is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 and runs through July 28th.

The seven week class is free 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. Registration deadline is June 15, 2009.

If you miss the deadline, or can’t make it to the classes listed above, there will be one more scheduled class this year. There will be a class beginning September 1, 2009.

For more information, click here, or call the Office of Emergency Management at 352-264-6550.



  • 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).