What is CERT?

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program designed to prepare a community for a major disaster. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference.

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Upcoming Classes

CERT Class

Required Meeting Times:
Cape County Public Health Center, 1121 Linden, Cape Girardeau, in Conference Room B
8:00am to 12:00pm each Tuesday

February 26, 2019
March 5, 2019 
March 12, 2019 
March 19, 2019 
March 26, 2019


Located in Conference Room B, of Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, 1121 Linden, Cape Girardeau, MO.
Please Register at the bottom of this page or call -573-986-6879

For additional information/questions - Please contact: 573-339-6799 or jwatkins@cityofcapegirardeau.org

CERT Refresher

Location will be at 1975 N. Sprigg, Fire Station #3 Training Room – basement

Option 1 Meeting Dates & Time:  April 23 & 25 from 5:30-  9:30 pm 


Option 2 Meeting Dates & Time:TBD


Course Information

24-hour CERT Training Program

  • The 24-hour CERT Training program covers topics such as:
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Fire Suppression
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Light Search & Rescue Operations
  • Disaster Psychology & Team Organization
  • Bio-Terrorism
  • Disaster Simulation


CERT Refresher Course
When was the last time you practiced your CERT skills? If severe weather struck, would you be prepared?

The winters of 2008 and 2009 brought paralyzing ice storms to regions of Missouri. In February 2008, we experienced a round of severe thunderstorms in Southeast Missouri – and in March 2008 we saw several severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. The cities of Crosstown, Caruthersville, and Jackson, Missouri have been struck by tornadoes in recent times leaving behind a grim reminder of how devastating these twisters can be.

Our CERT Refresher program will cover:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Suppression
  • Box Cribbing & Cribbing Operations
  • Rescue Lifts & Carries
  • Medical Operations
  • Triage
  • Search & Rescue

As part of this program, your picture will be taken and new CERT Picture ID Cards will be issued.

CERT Refresher classes will be scheduled as needed.

Restrictions, Cost and Equipment Lists

Restrictions: You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this training program.
Cost: No charge
Required Dress/Equipment List: Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes to accommodate the weather. If available, bring your personal response pack.

Are You Prepared? Be CERTain with CERT!

If you have not been to a CERT Refresher within the last two (2) years, the time is now!

If you're interested in scheduling a CERT Refresher Course, please contact Jim Watkins at (573) 339-6799 ext. 2.

The following agencies are presenting this training course as a community service:

  • American Red Cross
  • Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center
  • Cape Girardeau Fire Department
  • City of Cape Girardeau
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • State Emergency Management Agency

Register for an Upcoming CERT Course

Click here to access the online registration form


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One University Plaza, MS 0130
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701