Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Minnesota CERT's

Name of Program: Burnsville CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
Geographic Area: Burnsville Minnesota - Dakota County
Point of Contact: Russ Lalim
Phone Number: (952) 895-4573
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Brief Description: We implemented a basic C.E.R.T. training program for residents in our community and completed our first class in November 2001. We have trained more than 60 residents so far. Our goal is to train 40 residents per year and to start training our businesses. We presently have 4 Fire Dept. personnel who have received training FEMA in their "Train the Trainer program".

Name of Program: Clay County CERT
Geographic Area: Clay County, Moorhead
Point of Contact: Kristi Crawford
Title: First Link Volunteer Center Director
Phone Number: (701) 293-6462
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Brief Description: The Clay County CERT program began in March 2005. The CERT volunteers will also be able to attend continued training every other month. Clay County also has a CERT newsletter that goes out to the volunteers, monthly.

Name of Program: Minneapolis Citizens Corp.
Geographic Area: Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis
Point of Contact: Susan Ude
Phone Number: (612) 581-9624
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Brief Description: We have a Citizen Coprs Council in Minneapolis that oversees the CERT program as well as establishes a relationship with the Neighborhood Watch and VIPs program in the Police Department. In addtion, we are partnering with Hennepin County Medical Reserve Corps and asking that they join our Council this year.

Name of Program: Deephaven CERT Team
Geographic Area: Hennepin County, Deephaven
Point of Contact: Chief Virgil Gustafson
Title: n/a
Phone Number: (952) 474-7555
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Name of Program: Minnetrista CERT
Geographic Area: Hennepin County, Minnetrista
Point of Contact: Lt. Dave Kolb
Title: n/a
Phone Number: (952) 446-1131
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Brief Description: Minnetrista CERT serves the cities of Minnetrista and neighboring St. Bonifacius. It is also available to neighboring communities if requested. The team has 29 members who live or work in the area. The team just recently completed its graduation. Continuing training courses are planned and expansion of the team is being considered.

Name of Program: MN Homeland Security and Emergency Management CERT Program
Geographic Area: Minnesota
Point of Contact: Dennis Walter
Phone Number: (651) 201-7442
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Brief Description: The State of Minnesota's CERT Program, coordinated through the MN Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), is part of the MN Citizen Corps Council. HSEM sponsors CERT train-the-trainer courses for new CERT communities in Minnesota and works with these jurisdictions to enhance their CERT programs and capabilities.

Name of Program: Community Emergency Response Team
Geographic Area: Olmsted County, Rochester
Point of Contact: Darrel Hildebrant
Phone Number: (507) 281-6056
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Brief Description: We train Neighborhood Watch groups. There must be two people from each watch group/neighborhood to participate. We train teams of 2+ to respond to disasters in their own neighborhood. In time we will branch out and use them in other locations. We hold quarterly mock disasters and trainings for those who have completed the 7 week class. We have classes every Tuesday evening from 6:30-9:30 pm for all of 2004.

Name of Program: Crookston CERT Program
Geographic Area: Polk County, Crookston
Point of Contact: Bob Magsam
Title: n/a
Phone Number: (218) 281-4584
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Brief Description: Assist emergency responders in times of need whwn resources are all tapped out. Cert members may act as first responders to assist where needed based on the level of training that they have been provided.

Name of Program: Eden Prairie CERT
Geographic Area: Hennepin County, Eden Prairie
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Phone Number: (952) 949-8300
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Brief Description: Train citizens to respond in times of crisis. Reach out to vulnerable population groups by training members in those communities.

Name of Program: Citizen Emergency Response Team(CERT)
Geographic Area: Ramsey County, City of New Brighton
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Phone Number: (651) 288-4100
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Brief Description: Training for citizens began June of 2003. Citizens our trained in Disaster Preparedness, Fire Suppression, Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology and Team Organization.

Name of Program: Falcon Heights CERT
Geographic Area: Ramsey County, Falcon Heights
Point of Contact: Mayor Sue Gehrz
Title: n/a
Phone Number: (651) 641-1229
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Brief Description: Falcon Heights is a suburb or St. Paul with a population of 5,672. Immediately after September 11, we began mobilizing citizens of all ages to assist our public safety professionals and have sponsored a variety of training programs to build their skills. Now, thanks to a grant from the state, we are able to offer CERT training beginning on start June 19.

Name of Program: Shakopee CERT Program
Geographic Area: Scot County, Shakopee
Point of Contact: Tom Pitschneider
Title: n/a
Phone Number: (952) 233-9300
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Brief Description: The Shakopee CERT Program was launched in April of 2005. The Shakopee CERT Program members will provide community disaster awareness by complimenting our emergency responder organizations during emergency and non-emergency situations. Through continued training the CERT Team will be available to assist their neighbors and their community to better prepare and respond to a disaster.

Name of Program: Elk River CERT
Geographic Area: Sherburne County, Elk River
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Brief Description: The Elk River CERT is curretly in the process of being organized. The City has received a training grant to implement the team. Four CERT instructors have received training, and planning is underway for CERT implementation.

Name of Program: Stearns County CERT (Duplicate Listing)
Geographic Area: Stearns County
Point of Contact: Marvin Klug
Phone Number: (320) 259-3940
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Brief Description: Stearns County has 133,000 residents. We are training 200 volunteers as CERT members.

Name of Program: Steele County CERT
Geographic Area: Steele County, Owatonna
Point of Contact: Mike Johnson
Phone Number: (507) 444-2454
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Brief Description: The Steele County CERT program falls under the direction of the Steele County CAER (Community Awareness and Emergency Response)board. The CERT program was established in 2003 and the first CERT class graduated on September 11, 2003. Steele County CERT has 100 + members and continues to grow. For more information contact the Owatonna Fire Department at 507-444-2454.

Name of Program: Waconia Area - Community Emergency Response Team Program
Geographic Area: Waconia, Minnesota - Carver County
Point of Contact: John C Olson
Title: Co-Program Manager
Phone Number: (612) 723-4522
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Brief Description: The Waconia Area CERT program has started its second year in 2004. Waconia Area CERT plans to conduct two CERT training sessions 2004, along with participating in local activities that include programs such as SAFETY CAMP, THE WACONIA BAND FESTIVAL and LAKE WACONIA TRIATHLON. Our program mission statement: We as Waconia Area CERT team members are here to continually provide community disaster awareness and compliment our professional emergency service organizations in emergency and non-emergency situations. We accomplish this by ongoing team and disaster skills training, so we can provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people in time of need.

Name of Program: Wilkin County CERT Program
Geographic Area: Wilkin County, Breckenridge
Point of Contact: Brian L. Fuder
Title: n/a
Phone Number: (218) 770-6281
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Brief Description: Missouri

Name of Program: Neighborhood Block Captains
Geographic Area: Anoka County, City of Fridley
Point of Contact: Myra Harris
Phone Number: (763) 572-3638
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Brief Description: We are training at least 100 of our 191 block captains to be CERT trained. Our goal is to build from there.

Name of Program: Columbia Heights CERT
Geographic Area: Anoka County, Columbia Heights
Point of Contact: Lee J. Okerstrom
Title: n/a
Phone Number: (763) 706-3750
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Brief Description: The Columbia Heights CERT program began in Jan 2005. We train citizens that either live or work in the community. We conduct classes year round. We also look at training CERT members in other topics, which they might assist with, such as radio usage, traffic control and crowd control. There are practical exercises conducted to keep the CERT members current with the training the received.

Name of Program: Benton County CERT
Geographic Area: Benton County, St. Cloud
Point of Contact: Angie Trulson-Lindsey
Phone Number: (320) 255-7295
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Brief Description: Benton County CERT team currently has over 100 volunteers, representing 14 communities. Our volunteers remain active, distributing weather related safety information, staffing display booths and promoting emergency preparedness in their local community. We are continuing to recruit and train volunteers throughout Benton County.

Name of Program: Rogers Community Emergency Response Team
Geographic Area: City of Rogers
Point of Contact: John Seifert
Title: Superintendent of Public Works / Emergency Management Dir.
Phone Number: (763) 428-8580 203
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Brief Description: The goal of the Rogers CERT program is to train and develop a CERT team in every residential subdivision in the City. These residents will be trained to implement personal emergency preparedness, assist neighbors and adjacent communities during emergencies, and be a visible presence at public events to provide education and information to the community.

Name of Program: Sherburne County CERT Team
Geographic Area: Sherburne County, Minnesota
Point of Contact: Jennifer Callahan
Phone Number: (763) 241-4561
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Brief Description: This is a newly formed CERT team. The first meeting was conducted June, 2008 after initial training. This CERT team functions under the Sherburne County Sheriff's Department.

Name of Program: North Saint Paul CERT
Geographic Area: North Saint Paul
Point of Contact: Scott Duddeck Duddeck
Phone Number: (651) 747-2436
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Name of Program: Hovland Fire Dept.
Geographic Area: Cook County, Hwy 61 mile marker 124 (Brule River) East to mile marker 134 (Reservation River) and inland
Point of Contact: C. Melby
Phone Number: (218) 475-2412
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Brief Description: Initially starting with an incident scene traffic control group and expanding duties as volunteers are able to handle additional tasking. A Safety Team Operational Patrol (STOP) Guidance has already been written.

Name of Program: Richfield CERT
Geographic Area: City of Richfield
Point of Contact: Charlie O'Brien
Phone Number: (612) 861-9886
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Brief Description: The City of Richfield CERT team is in it's founding stages at the moment. We hope to have our training cadre in place by the fall of 2008 and begin to offer CERT training to our Police Reserves, Police Explorers, City Employees, Neighborhood Watch Members, citizens, School District and local partners in the business and special populations communities. We are a Public Safety Department with almost all of the Citizon Corp component partner programs already existing in-house for many years.

Name of Program: Pine County CERT
Geographic Area: Pine County
Point of Contact: Tammy Klar
Phone Number: (320) 384-6226
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Brief Description: Community Volunteers organized for disaster relief, to assist response agencies and help with public education on preparedness.

Name of Program: Wadena County CERT
Geographic Area: Wadena County
Point of Contact: Scott McKellep
Phone Number: (218) 631-7795
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Brief Description: Provide a state of readiness for members for home, and response to disasters county wide, and to educate the public in a variety of disaster preparedness.

Name of Program: City of Roseville Police Department CERT
Geographic Area: City of Roseville
Point of Contact: Matt Marshall
Title: Administrative Sergeant
Phone Number: (651) 792-7267
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Brief Description: We began our program in May of 2006. We currently have 12 members from our community who have been CERT trained. Our goal is to increase that number in 2007.

Name of Program: Vadnais Heights CERT
Geographic Area: Ramsey County, Vadnais Heights
Point of Contact: Ed Leier
Title: Vadnais Heights Fire Chief
Phone Number: (651) 204-6032
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Brief Description: The Vadnais Heights CERT team was formed in Spring 2006 and currently has 15 members. Our goal is to work closely with the Vadnais Heights Fire Dept and the Ramsey County Sheriff Office to address workplace and neighborhood needs. We've completed CERT, First Aid, and Disaster Assessment training and plan to do additional training.

Name of Program: Northfield CERT Program
Geographic Area: City of Northfield, MN
Point of Contact: Gary G Smith
Title: Police Chief/ Emergency Operations Commander
Phone Number: (507) 663-9301
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Brief Description: It is our intention to establish CERT teams throughout the community to enhance our preparedness in connection with our EOP.

Name of Program: Winona County CERT
Geographic Area: Winona County
Point of Contact: Jeff Peterson
Title: EMS Specialist
Phone Number: (507) 457-6400
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Name of Program: Ramsey County Sheriff's Department CERT
Geographic Area: Ramsey County
Point of Contact: Phil Chelstrom
Phone Number: (651) 266-7335
E-mail address: Phil.Chelstrom@Co.Ramsey.MN.US
Brief Description: In the past 2 years, we have trained over 115 volunteers in our CERT program.