CERT Membership:

Background Check Consent
Standard Operating Guidelines

CERT Team Forms:

Damage Assessment [CERT Form #1]

Personnel Resources Sign-In [CERT Form #2]

Incident/Assignment Tracking Log [CERT Form #3]

Briefing Assignment [CERT Form #4.a-b]

Victim Treatment Area Record [CERT Form #5]

Communications Log [CERT Form #6]

Equipment Inventory [CERT Form #7]

General Message [CERT Form #8]


CERT Training schedule for 2020

To sign up for the next CERT class in your area or to receive notification when the next class is offered pleae complete this CERT sign up form.

CERT Class flyer  Please feel free to post the flyer and encourage others to particiapte!

Live in the Kenai Peninsula Borough?

Want to help during a disaster?

No experience? Lots of experience?


During a disaster we need people to help by staffing shelters, call centers, door to door evacuations, search and rescue, triage, documentation just to name a few ways you can participate and help! If you are willing, we need your help.

This class is a 28 hour course. There is no cost for course or obligation to volunteer after the course, however space is limited and minimum enrollments are required in order to conduct the course.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers of all skill levels about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact the Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities of the communities within the KPB to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has over 15,000 square land miles and is subject to the risk of many natural disasters such as avalanches, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfire, and floods. In addition, there are possibilities of man-made emergencies such as missing persons or hazardous materials releases.

Because our infrastructure is vulnerable to natural disasters every citizen of the Kenai Peninsula must be prepared, as we are not able to rely on typical infrastructure, with a disaster kit that contains food, water, and first aid supplies. For Alaska, we recommend that each household have at least 7 days but recommend two weeks of supplies on hand for each family member and pets. This Alaska Building a 7 Day Emergency Kit is a great way to get started.

Please look around our website for further information, and contact us if you have any questions or would like to get involved. The Disaster Information links on the OEM Menu includes information for before, during and after emergencies strike.

CERT Course Overview

The CERT Basic Course is delivered in the community by a team of first responders, and other qualified emergency professionals.

This is the typical course schedule - If you miss a class in your area you may be able to do makeup during another course series. Speak to instructors or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., KPB Program Manager 262-2097

  • Monday - Disaster Preparedness: Addresses hazards specific to the community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during and after a disaster as well as an overview of CERT and local laws governing volunteers.
  • Tuesday - Fire Suppression: Covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, controlling utilities and extinguishing a small fire.
  • Thursday - Medical Operations Part I: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
  • Saturday - Medical Operations Part II & Light Search and Rescue Operations: Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area and performing basic first aid. Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques and rescuer safety.
  • Monday - Psychology:  Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and workers and how to help those struggling.
  • Tuesday - Terrorism and CERT Team Organization: Covers the limited involvement CERT would have during a terrorism event and addresses CERT team organization and management.
  • Thursday - Course Review: Participants review the skills that they have learned during the course.
  • Saturday - Disaster Simulation: Participants practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in a disaster activity.  

Pictures from the Disaster Simulation from our local CERT training

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Some CERT Training materials of Interest:

Local CERT Powerpoint Presentations

Unit 1 - Disaster Preparedness
Unit 2 - Fire Safety and Utility Control
Unit 3 - Disaster Medical Pt. 1
Unit 4 - Disaster Medical Pt. 2
Unit 5 - Light Search and Rescue
Unit 6 - Team Organization
Unit 7 - Disaster Psychology
Unit 8 - Terrorism and CERT


Training Videos from CERT Course:

CERT In Action

CERT Head to Toe Assessment

CERT Fire Safety


Supplemental Training

These are all required CERT courses:

IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.c 

IS-700.B: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.b


Supplemental Trainings Provided by Kenai Peninsula Borough

CERT Emergency Communications

CERT Evacuation and Disaster Help Center  April 2019

Defensible Space - How to make your home Firewise May 2019
Defensible Space PowerPoint 


Free Online Training Recommended Training:

IS-200.C: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-200.c 

IS-10.A: Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-10.a

IS-315: CERT Supplemental Training: The Incident Command System https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-315.a

IS-325: Earthquake Basics: Science, Risk, and Mitigation https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=is-325

IS-800.D: National Response Framework, an Introduction https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-800.d

IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do  https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-907

IS-909: Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone  https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=is-909 


Other Member Resources

CERT Forms:

Damage Assessment
Personnel Resources Sign-In
Incident/Assignment Tracking Log
Briefing Assignment
Victim Treatment Area Record
Communications Log
Equipment Inventory 
General Message

Need a speaker for your group? Interested in hearing more about preparedness?

The Citizen Corps program and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management provide speakers for community and neighborhood groups about different subjects relating to preparedness. We would like to have the opportunity to speak to your groups and educate. We can customize a presentation for your specific group and interests. To schedule a presentation or discuss options, please contact Dan Nelson via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (907) 262-2098.

Presentation topics include:

- Basic Preparedness Overview

- Building your emergency kit

- Overview of CERT program

- Making a Family Emergency Plan


Why would you want to take CERT training?   Do you want to help during emergencies that affect your community but don't know how to get involved?

Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, there can be an emergency or disaster that can overwhelm the community's immediate response capability. While adjacent cities, boroughs, state and federal resources can activate to help, there may be a delay for them getting to those who need them, particularly in Alaska. The primary reason for CERT training is to give people the decision-making, organizational, and practical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, and neighbors while waiting for additional help to arrive. While people will respond to others in need without the training, the goal of the CERT program is to help people do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.

The CERT program was designed as a grassroots initiative and specifically structured so that the local and state program managers have the flexibility to form their programs in the way that best suits their communities. CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during non-emergency events as well. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide, with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program.

The following Kenai Peninsula communities have CERT members:

- Soldotna
- Sterling 
- Kenai
- Kasilof 
- Nikiski
- Ninilchik
- Anchor Point
- Homer
- Seward
- Tyonek


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