CERT Chapters of Lincoln County, Oregon
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 giving members the skills to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
- View the FEMA Managing Liability in CERT Programs (PDF)
- View the latest Lincoln County Citizens Coordinating Council (LC5) Annual Review
- View the national webpage for an overview of CERT program elements and capabilities
In Lincoln County, the leaders of each CERT chapter are members of the Lincoln County Citizen Corps Coordinating Council, which was authorized by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to coordinate CERT response throughout the county. CERT Chapters are individually sponsored as noted below. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office assists the Chapters by utilizing the Volgistics program for online volunteer applications, background checks, and maintaining training records and volunteer assignments.
The primary reason for CERT training is to give people the decision-making, organizational, and practical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates while waiting for help. The goal of the CERT program is to train volunteers to be effective and efficient in disaster mitigation, response, and recovery without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.
- Apply basic fire suppression strategies
- Apply basic first aid techniques to open airways, control bleeding, and treat shock
- Conduct light search and rescue operations
- Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their communities
- Identify risks and reduce fire hazards
- In the hands-on course, CERT members are trained to:
- Learn the Incident Command System
- Perform head-to-toe assessments
- Prepare for a disaster
- Set up treatment areas
- Size-up search and rescue situations
- Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication
- Work in a team setting
To become a CERT member, you will need to complete the Basic CERT training course. These are hosted a few times each year by our local CERT Chapters (see below) and/or by other chapters across the U.S.
Current CERT Training Opportunities
- Depoe Bay: None scheduled at this time
- Newport - Central Coast: None scheduled at this time
- North Lincoln County: None scheduled at this time
- South Lincoln County CERT: None scheduled at this time
- University of Utah: Virtual - at your own pace training.
- Complete the Basic CERT Course Training here in Lincoln County or anywhere in the U.S. (keep your original certificate of completion).
- Fill out the online application (link below) and select the CERT Chapter closest to your residential home (this online application also validates approval for your background check by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)
- Upon approval of your successful background check, you will receive a welcome email from county emergency management and your local CERT Chapter with your next steps.
- Once you are an official volunteer you can maintain your volunteer information in our Volgistics Volunteer Coordination program:
|Area Served||Program||Sponsoring Organization||Contact Info|
|Depoe Bay, Gleneden each, Lincoln Beach, Siletz Keys, Otter Rock||Depoe Bay CERT||Depoe Bay Fire District||Email Depoe Bay CERT|
|Lincoln City, Otis (North Lincoln Fire Boundaries)||North Lincoln CERT||North Lincoln Fire District||Email North Lincoln CERT|
|Lincoln County School District||Teen CERT||Lincoln County School District||Email Teen CERT|
|Greater Newport (boundaries of Newport Fire District)||Central Coast CERT||City of Newport - Fire Department||Email Central Coast CERT|
|Seal Rock, Waldport, Tidewater, Yachats||South Lincoln County CERT||Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue||Email South Lincoln County CERT|
|Toledo, Eddyville, Siletz, Logsden||East Lincoln County CERT||Siletz Valley Fire District, Toledo Fire Department, and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians||Email East Lincoln County CERT |