Polk County Oregon CERT

Happy Spring/Summer 2019!

HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT: Our 2019 State Homeland Security Grant request has been fully funded! This will provide just over $20,000 worth of equipment and supplies to our Polk County CERT Program.

POLICE WEEK 2019: We wish to thank our parent agency, the Independence Police Department for their passion for, and dedication to, our CERT program since its creation in 2003. We have also been very generously supported by the Monmouth and Dallas Police Departments. Working beside these fine men and women over the years has given our members the opportunity to experience first hand their high standard of dedication to serving our communities. We couldn’t do what we do without them, and they truly deserve our sincere gratitude.

MAY 2019 BASIC CERT CLASS GRADUATION: We graduated an amazing group of community members and future team members who successfully completed their final functional exercise of the Basic CERT course. Polk County is in very good hands

FREE AMATEUR RADIO CLASS: Ham radio is cool again! Amateur “Ham” radio is an old technology but in every large-scale disaster including 9/11, Katrina, Boston Marathon, etc., amateur radio volunteers formed a critical part of the emergency response effort. Learn to operate your own radio. Help out in emergencies and get your own call sign. Classes will be held at Dallas City Council Chambers on Saturdays beginning May 25th, 2019 and will be held on 6 consecutive Saturdays from 8:20 to 11:20 AM.  For more information see the Free Amateur Radio Class Flyer (PDF)

EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER (EMR) SUMMER CAMP: July 15th – July 19th, 2019 from 8 AM to 5 PM daily. The course will be held at Chemeketa Brooks Regional Training Center. Cost is $200 with options license testing on July 20th, 2019. License testing costs $40 for the test and $60.40 for the mandatory background check. This camp is open to ages 16 and older.  For more information see the EMR Summer Camp Flyer (PDF)

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
  • Dallas 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 all three 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 County CERT
Independence Police Department
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