Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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CERT Members

CERT Resources

Following any disaster, the potential for large numbers of victims, disabled telecommunication equipment, and road blocks may delay fire and medical emergency service responders from reaching victims.

Endorsed by the Department of Homeland Security, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is an organized team of people trained for disaster planning, preparedness, and survival to help meet Olathe's needs in the event of a disaster.

CERT4CERT Training Units of Instruction


  • A variety of disaster situations that might threaten our community are reviewed.
  • The potential impact on Olathe's infrastructure, structural hazards, and nonstructural hazards are reviewed.
  • CERT members learn what they can do to lessen the effects and secondary hazards that can occur after a disaster.

Basic Fire Suppression

  • The use of fire extinguishers, personal safety, fire prevention, and an overview of the Olathe Fire Department is reviewed.
  • An orientation to hazardous materials is provided. 
  • CERT members learn to recognize and identify a hazardous material threat to properly notify authorities.



  • A basic overview on terrorism is presented.

Disaster Medical Operations

  • Part I includes an introduction to disaster medical situations. It includes recognizing and treating life-threatening conditions, triage, and practical applications for disaster medical knowledge and skills.
  • Part II concentrates on the organization of disaster medical operations. Participants learn to conduct head-to-toe patient assessments, establish treatment areas, treat burns, care for wounds, treat fractures, sprains, and strains, splint broken bones, and treat hypothermia and frostbite. 
  • CERT members learn public health considerations and apply their new disaster-medical knowledge and skills in a practical scenario.

Light Search and Rescue  

  • Aspects of search and rescue planning, size-up, and operations are presented.

Team Organization 

  • The spontaneous organization of CERT and disaster decision-making is presented. 
  • CERT members learn about disaster psychology and how these traumatic events can affect victims and rescuers. 
  • CERT’s relationship to the incident management system is reviewed.

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  • A written take-home exam is required.
  • A simulated, hands-on "disaster" exercise that puts new CERT skills to the test is required.
  • A certificate is awarded when participants complete all CERT program units.


Contact CERT at OlatheConnect or call 913-971-7900 for additional information.



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