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Wood County
Community Emergency Response Team

A nationally accredited, formally trained organization of local citizen
volunteers working with First Responders to help grow and strengthen
the public safety network in Wood County

Welcome to
Wood County CERT

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A Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Class and Exercise will be conducted at the MOV Health Department on Friday evening, March 28 and all day Saturday, March 29. Click HERE for details.

CERT BASIC TRAINING will be offered in Elizabeth WV during April and May. Click HERE for details.

FUNSAR (Fundamentals of Search and Rescue) will be offered in Elizabeth WV on May 9, 10, 110, 17, 18. Click HERE for details.

Wood County CERT, in cooperation with Wood County Emergency Communications and Wirt County CERT, is planning a 50-hour Functional Exercise from noon on Friday, June 27 until 14:00 on Sunday, June 29, 2014. All regional emergency services organizations (government and NGO) are invited to participate. For more information, contact Director Bob Mercer or Deputy Director Rick Sawyer.

Want You On Our Team

Wood County CERT is now actively recruiting new team members, especially those with current or previous emergency response experience including, but not limited to, firefighter, EMT, paramedic, nurse, law enforcement, security, search and rescue. Please CLICK HERE to see if you qualify.

Download and print an Application for Membership to enroll in the training and become a member of the Wood County Community Emergency Response Team.

Please note that the policies, procedures, standards, and opinions expressed on this website apply only to Wood County CERT, and do not necessarily reflect the position or practices of any other CERT organization.

NEW! Now you can financially support the Wood County CERT program here.

The CERT Basic Training Course is scheduled to be conducted in Wood County at least twice each year. In order to become CERTified, participants must attend all five sessions. The course is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the next course, download and print an Application for Membership and send it to Bob Mercer, Director, Wood County CERT, 903 Camden Ave., Parkersburg WV 26101, For more information about the CERT program contact any of our officers.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)

The Community Emergency Response Team (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. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Our Mission

The mission of Wood County CERT is to:

• Assist the members of our communities and workplaces following an event when professional responders (law enforcement, fire, and EMS) are not immediately available to help.

• Be always prepared to assist, upon request, those professional responders in every area for which we have been properly trained.

• Support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects in our communities.

• Assist in, and support the mission of, the Wood County Office of Emergency Management to mitigate the results of natural and man-made disasterd and to protect the general public from the growing specter of acts of terrorism through planning, detection, communication, response, public information, and training.

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Wood Count CERT meetings are scheduled on the last Monday of each month at the Wood County Central Communications (911) Center, 911 Core Road, Parkersburg, WV [Map], and are open to the public. When the last Monday of the month is a holiday, the meeting is conducted on the preceding Monday.

Get Involved

CERT makes a perfect activity for the entire family. CERT is all about people helping people. There are no gender, social, or physical ability limitations in CERT. All that is required is that you be at least 14 years old (for Teen CERT) and have a desire to help the people of your community in the event of an emergency.Individuals with special needs are encouraged to actively participate in the Wood County CERT program and will be assigned duties consistent with their abilities and training.

Why should I take CERT training? Here are just a few of the hundreds of reasons! (Video)

  • Prepare for emergencies in your home, school, or place of business.

  • Go here to see the events that brought CERT to San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley.

  • Provide CERT training for your school’s faculty, staff, and students, your ROTC squad, or your Scout troop through our Teen CERT program.

  • CERT-trained personnel are perfect for your plant’s emergency team.

  • CERT training is a perfect program to equip your faith community to assist your members and neighbors in the event of a community emergency or disaster.

  • We can help you create, train, organize, and sustain a CERT team for your school, business, plant, or civic organization.

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Download and print an Application for Membership to enroll in the training and
become a member of the Wood County Community Emergency Response Team.

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