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  • Want to join a CERT team? Use the Find a Cert tool to look up the nearest CERT teams in your area.
  • The Lake County CERT team gained new members after they graduated from training in March. Read the news story from the Northwest Indiana Times: Civilians jump into action in emergency rescue scenarios (3/30/21)
  • IDHS has launched a CERT e-newsletter that will be published quarterly to CERT teams and other subscribers around the state. Subscribe here:

  • New Lake County CERT graduates


  • New Lake County CERT graduate


  • New Lake County CERT graduates


  • Lake County CERT training


  • Lake County CERT training


  • Lake County CERT training


  • Lake County CERT training


  • Lake County CERT training


  • New Lake County CERT graduates

About the Citizen Corps Program and CERT

The Citizen Corps Program coordinates public education, training and volunteer opportunities to engage all citizens in making their families, homes and communities safer and better prepared to respond to threats of crime, terrorism and disasters of all kinds. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works with federal, state and local governments across the country to develop Citizen Corps partnerships since its central mission is disaster mitigation, preparedness and response.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) identified the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) portion of the Citizen Corps Program as a benefit to Indiana, its communities and the well-being of all Hoosiers. IDHS serves as the state's point of contact for CERT efforts because it is Indiana's central coordinating office for emergency management across the state.

The CERT program develops and trains teams in neighborhoods, workplaces and schools in basic disaster response skills, including fire suppression, medical operations and urban search and rescue. The program provides an opportunity for citizens to take an active role in local emergency preparedness.

  • CERT Resources
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    CERT class

    Find a Cert Team

    Use the Find a Cert tool to look up the nearest CERT teams in your area.

    CERT Toolkit

    This toolkit was designed by IDHS to assist county emergency management agencies in recruiting citizens and keeping trained CERT members active. It contains customizable public outreach materials such as posters, public service announcements and press releases.

  • CERT Connection Newsletters
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    Newsletters

    • CERT Connection (4/2/21)

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  • Other Citizen Corps Programs

    Hoosiers can get involved in various Citizen Corps partner programs, including but not limited to CERT. Each volunteer program is sponsored by the federal government and helps increase capacity for first responders. Currently, IDHS only administers the CERT program within the state.

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    Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program

    The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program develops and trains teams in neighborhoods, workplaces and schools in basic disaster response skills, including fire suppression, medical operations and urban search and rescue. The program provides an opportunity for citizens to take an active role in local emergency preparedness. Find more information on the program nationwide at the FEMA website.

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    Fire Corps

    The Fire Corps supports fire and rescue agencies (volunteer, career and combination) with volunteers who perform fire safety outreach, youth programs and administrative support. Fire Corps is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and run through a partnership of the National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Visit the Fire Corps website for more details.

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    Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

    The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program helps with volunteers lending their expertise to medical and public health agencies during emergencies and throughout the year. Volunteers support existing local emergency response programs and public health initiatives, including outreach and prevention, immunizations and blood drives. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers the program nationally, and in Indiana it is run by the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH). Visit IDOH's Medical Reserve Corps page for more information.

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    National Neighborhood Watch Program

    Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the National Neighborhood Watch Program expanded beyond its traditional crime prevention role to help locals focus on disaster preparedness, emergency response and terrorism awareness. The program is part of the National Sheriff's Association. Visit the National Neighborhood Watch website for more information.

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    More: VIPS and CNCS

    Visit Ready.gov to learn more about additional Citizen Corps partner programs Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). VIPS works with law enforcement and CNCS supports many Citizen Corps efforts.

    Hoosiers can get involved in various Citizen Corps partner programs, including but not limited to CERT. Each volunteer program is sponsored by the federal government and helps increase capacity for first responders. Currently, IDHS only administers the CERT program within the state.

    Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program

    The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program develops and trains teams in neighborhoods, workplaces and schools in basic disaster response skills, including fire suppression, medical operations and urban search and rescue. The program provides an opportunity for citizens to take an active role in local emergency preparedness. Find more information on the program nationwide at the FEMA website.

    CERT logo

    Fire Corps

    The Fire Corps supports fire and rescue agencies (volunteer, career and combination) with volunteers who perform fire safety outreach, youth programs and administrative support. Fire Corps is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and run through a partnership of the National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Visit the Fire Corps website for more details.

    Fire Corps logo

    Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

    The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program helps with volunteers lending their expertise to medical and public health agencies during emergencies and throughout the year. Volunteers support existing local emergency response programs and public health initiatives, including outreach and prevention, immunizations and blood drives. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers the program nationally, and in Indiana it is run by the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH). Visit IDOH's Medical Reserve Corps page for more information.

    MRC logo

    National Neighborhood Watch Program

    Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the National Neighborhood Watch Program expanded beyond its traditional crime prevention role to help locals focus on disaster preparedness, emergency response and terrorism awareness. The program is part of the National Sheriff's Association. Visit the National Neighborhood Watch website for more information.

    Neighborhood Watch logo

    More: VIPS and CNCS

    Visit Ready.gov to learn more about additional Citizen Corps partner programs Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). VIPS works with law enforcement and CNCS supports many Citizen Corps efforts.

    Ready.gov logo and motto