Polk CERT – Polk County, OR

National Preparedness Month


National Preparedness Month is observed each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” More information at Ready.gov/September

Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan
Week 2 September 5-11: Build A Kit
Week 3 September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness
Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Coronavirus Advisory Updates

Coronavirus Advisory Updates by Polk County CERT, Polk County, Oregon.Polk CERT is maintaining a coronavirus advisory updates page where you can access the latest information regarding COVID-19 case tracking, prevention tips and other information. Polk CERT Program Coordinator Kimber Townsend is actively involved with the COVID-19 response. We are providing up-to-date information from the front lines of efforts to control the infection and spread of coronavirus in Oregon.

Coronavirus Information and Resource Links

CERT Basic Course: Fall 2021


The Fall 2021 Basic CERT course, originally scheduled to begin on 9/2/21 has unfortunately been postponed due to a lack of training space for our hands-on training.

We are exploring other options and will reschedule the training as soon as possible.

Sign up for the CERT Basic Course Fall 2021 Postponed

Polk County CERT: Knowledge is Power, Training is SurvivalThank you for visiting our website to learn more about the National CERT program as well as how we operate here in Polk County, Oregon.

Over the past 15 years our CERT has grown into a vibrant program that supports multiple agencies in our county:

  • Independence Police Department (Our Sponsoring Agency)
  • Monmouth Police Department
  • Polk County Fire District #1
  • Western Oregon University

Our routine duties in support of these agencies encompass a range of functions that are constantly evolving to meet the needs of those agencies.  You will find our members working side by side each year with agency personnel at events such as:

  • WOU Commencement in Monmouth
  • Independence Western Days
  • Dallas Summerfest
  • Dallas Winterfest
  • National Night Out Against Crime across our communities
  • Independence Hop and Heritage Festival
  • Dallas Glow Run

In addition to running 3 Basic CERT Courses for our own program each year, we continue to support and co-instruct the newly formed Campus CERT Program at Western Oregon University.  Through this partnership we are able to offer the Basic CERT Course in three languages; English, Spanish and ASL.

Statewide, our Senior Instructional Team has been delivering low/no cost CERT courses sanctioned and certificated by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) since 2014. We strive in our deliveries to concisely mirror the current best practices taught by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) located at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, MD.  Courses available include:

  • (G317) CERT Basic Course
  • (G428) CERT Train the Trainer – TTT
  • (G427)CERT Program Manager

Our ability to bring CERTs together in these courses has been a tremendous learning opportunity for both the participants and our instructors. We greatly enjoy mentoring emergent programs as well as sharing common struggles and success stories we’ve heard from others, helping to build a stronger statewide network of successful and engaged CERT programs across Oregon.

I’ve been a part of this program since 2003, working my way through the ranks as a Team Member, Team Lead, Trainer, and currently serving as the Program Coordinator and Course Manager. However you choose to serve in our program, I’m confident that you will find your experience to be a truly rewarding one.

Kimber Townsend
Program & Training Coordinator, Polk CERT
Independence Police Department
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