What is CERT?
CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
What is Scotts Bluff County CERT?
Scotts Bluff County CERT is a group of individuals who have taken and completed CERT training. The group operates in and around Scotts Bluff County, including the cities of Gering, Mitchell, Morrill, Minatare, and Scottsbluff.
What does Scotts Bluff County CERT do?
Scotts Bluff County CERT works with local agencies to assist the community in the event of a disaster. Scotts Bluff County CERT also has a good working relationship with the City of Scottsbluff Police and Fire Departments, the Nebraska State Patrol, and the Scotts Bluff County Sheriffs Department. Scotts Bluff County CERT is often called to assist these agencies when they need more manpower for things like search and rescue, evidence searches, and area contaiments.
How do you become a member?
First you need to take the Initial CERT Training. Trainings are usually offered once a year, sometimes more than once if the need and interest arises. To find out if and when we are going to be holding a training, please click on the link on the left hand side of the page.
After taking the training, trainees need to fill out a Scotts Bluff County CERT Membership Application. This membership application is used to complete a background check on trainees, and also gather information about why they want to join the team, what skills and resources the trainee brings to the team.
Because of the sensitive nature of some of the work we do, we can not allow convicted felons, or individuals with a vast criminal past on to the team.
Once individuals have passed the background check, they are issued their ID card and equipment.
More information on how to become a CERT member, and what all you need to complete can be found by going to our New Member Guide.
Does it cost to take the CERT Training?
No, it does not cost anything at this time to take the CERT Training.
Does it cost to be a member of Scotts Bluff County CERT?
Yes there is some cost to being a member. Members are required to pay yearly dues. These dues are used for the upkeep and purchase of equipment. These dues are also used to help support the team during a call out such as purchasing water and snacks for the team.
You will also have some expense in putting together your pack. While the team provides you with a backpack, safety vest, and hard hat, you will need to purchase construction style knee pads, headlamp, and leather gloves. What ever else you choose to carry in your CERT pack is up to you. A list of recommended items for your backpack can be found by going to our Scotts Bluff County Cert Recommended Backpack Contents.