List of Arkansas CERT’s

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    Name of Program: Howard County schools CERT
    Geographic Area: Howard county
    Point of Contact: Budd (Floyd) w Dunson
    Phone Number: 8708455473 870-84
    E-mail address: bdunson-hcas@sbcglobal.net
    Brief Description: Our goals are to improve the readiness level in our schools,teach basic preparedness and to be able to start the response process before professional responders arrive in the event of an emergency

    Name of Program: City of Bentonville CERT
    Geographic Area: Benton County, Bentonville
    Point of Contact:
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 4792713151
    E-mail address: ddray@bentonvillear.com
    Website address: http://www.bentonvillear.com
    Brief Description: The Bentonville Fire Department is dedicated to assisting our citizens and those who work in our community to develop the knowledge and skills to better help themselves if ever our emergency resources are overwhelmed in their time of need. The course is being offered at no charge to the public at this time. The fire department is seeking participants from business and industry, in Bentonville, as well as schools, local government, churches, the medical community, and neighborhoods. Each class will be limited to 25 students. Classes will be held one day a week for four hours each day for six to seven weeks. Graduates receive a CERT helmet, vest, and eye protection at the graduation ceremony, and are asked to help carry the program to the community by organizing a team or teams in their particular areas of concern. It is planned that two courses a year be offered at the fire department. We encourage members of our community to take advantage of this opportunity by signing up and joining us for a fun learning experience.

    Name of Program: Siloam Springs Dept of Emergency Management
    Geographic Area: Benton County, Siloam Springs
    Point of Contact: Nathan Heald
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 4792380911
    E-mail address: nheald@siloamsprings.com
    Website address: http://www.siloamsprings.com
    Brief Description: Currently the CERT Program is under our Dept of Emergency Management as a Division. This program was under the control of the Fire Dept Brad Burns. Now belongs to Emergency Management.

    Name of Program: Rogers CERT
    Geographic Area: Benton County, Rogers
    Point of Contact:
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 4796211111
    E-mail address: Loyers@cox-internet.com
    Brief Description: The Rogers Fire Department is offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The course is designed to teach individuals how to take care of themselves and others in case of natural or manmade disasters that may overwhelm local emergency resources. The course will cover administering first aid to the injured, light search and rescue, preparing for disasters, basic fire fighting, disaster psychology and team organization. The course will be taught by members of the Rogers Fire Department who have training in CERT concepts from the Benton County (Arkansas) Department of Emergency Management. Classes will be open to the public and will meet one night a week for 3 hours for a period of 7-8 weeks. Instruction will be in accordance with established FEMA guidelines. Students can expect a mix of classroom instruction as well as cognitive instruction. The class will end with a final disaster simulation in which the students will manage a mock disaster in its entirety.

    Name of Program: Crittenden County CERT
    Geographic Area: Crittenden County
    Point of Contact:
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 8707393435
    E-mail address: na@citizencorps.gov
    Brief Description: Disaster prepareness for citizens (CERT) training is conducted at MidSouth Community College. Contact MSCC at 870-733-6776 to register. This program is designed to teach non emergency workers (citizens) how to survive for the first 72 hours after a disaster. Each particpate learns how to prepare for disaters, extinguish small fires, provide basic life saving first aid and triage management techniques, light search and rescue, and coping with psychological concerns. This program requires particpates to complete classroom work along with a “hands-on” simulated disaster. Anyone 18 years old can participate.

    Name of Program: Cross County CERT
    Geographic Area: Cross County
    Point of Contact:
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 8705885577
    E-mail address: crossoes@wmconnect.com
    Brief Description: The first CERT class graduated February 21, 2004. Twenty Six members/volunteers of the community make up our CERT Team. These members are trained and currently receiving additional training to help protect our citizens. The OEM will retain authority for the program but the CERT team has officers that will help oversee and educate the team. This CERT team will play a important role in our community with planning and assistance during times of need.

    Name of Program: Jackson County Neighborhood Emergency Response Team
    Geographic Area: Jackson County; Northeast Arkansas
    Point of Contact: Don Ivie
    Phone Number: 8705236011
    E-mail address: oemjack@jcoem.org
    Website address: http://www.jcoem.org
    Brief Description: Our first class graduated April 21, 2003. Fifteen members of the community took the FEMA based training. We are now seeking applicants for another class to start possibly in August. Each member received a backpack full of emergency equipment upon graduation. All that took the class felt that it would be very beneficial to them and their community in times of disasters.

    Name of Program: Lonoke County CERT
    Geographic Area: Lonoke County
    Point of Contact: kathleen Zasimovich
    Phone Number: 5016763054
    E-mail address: kathleen.zasimovich@adem.state.ar.us
    Brief Description: Tonight will be our first class in the CERT program. We educated two fine citizens of our county in CERT train the trainer to teach the program. OEM will retain authority for the program but we have appointed a program coordinator who will oversee the program and educate our citizens. We plan on having a local coordinator in each city in our county. We have purchased 1 trailer and equiped it with emergency equipment/medical equipment and if we receive another grant we plan on purchasing another trailer so we can locate it in the northern section of the county. We are very excited to see how many citizens show up tonight…wish us luck.

    Name of Program: Miller County CERT Team
    Geographic Area: Miller County, Texarkana
    Point of Contact: Terry Purvis
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 8707730709
    E-mail address: tlpurvis48@wmconnect.com
    Brief Description: Miller County is offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)training in Miller County. The course is deigned to teach Volunteers to assist not only family members during and after an emergency, but to assit neighbors and other first responders as needed. Cert classes are forming monthly and those who wish to sign up will be welcomed.

    Name of Program: CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
    Geographic Area: North West Arkansas
    Point of Contact: Brad Burns/Chief Harris
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 5015243103
    E-mail address: bburns@siloamsprings.com
    Website address: http://Siloam Springs Fire Department
    Brief Description: Our first class primarily encompassed training industrial people for a catastrophic tornado event. Secondary we cover flooding and lastly, earthquakes-the last two briefly. This program is what every community needs to prepare themselves for threats specific to their region. Catastrophic events when the infrastructure is impacted beyond capacity are what this program is all about. Departments can use this program to establish relationships in their community that money cannot buy.

    Name of Program: T-CERT
    Geographic Area: Poinsett County, Tyronza
    Point of Contact: Jerry Collier
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 8704872144
    E-mail address: fireman72386@yahoo.com
    Brief Description: Training community volunteers to help with disasters. We are located in the middle of Tornado weather and on the New Madrid Fault. Team member’s will be trained in first aid, search & rescue, light fire fighting, shelter opps. and taking care of them selfs and family member’s.

    Name of Program: Polk County Emergency Response Team
    Geographic Area: Polk County
    Point of Contact: Lynn Vanderveer
    Phone Number: 4793948141
    E-mail address: polkcoem@cswnet.com

    Name of Program: Arkansas Tech University CERT
    Geographic Area: Pope County, Russellville
    Point of Contact: Richard Ihde
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 4799686016
    E-mail address: rick.ihde@mail.atu.edu
    Brief Description: We have trained 22 students using FEMA based CERT material. The goal is to have a campus response team to assist local responders during an on campus incident. Each graduate is given a CERT backpack with emergency equipment. We also supplement the pack with additional equipment. The students are very enthusiastic about CERT and it has spurred their interest in further training.

    Name of Program: Little Rock CERT Program
    Geographic Area: Pulaski County, Little Rock
    Point of Contact: Matt Burks
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 5019183766
    E-mail address: mburks@littlerock.state.ar.us
    Brief Description: Little Rock just began our CERT program in the summer of 2004. We expect to hold several classes over the fall and winter in order to provide a trained cadre of citizens who can assist their own neighborhoods and community in the event of a disaster or serious incident.

    Name of Program: Sebastian County CERT Program
    Geographic Area: Sebastian County, Multiple cities and towns County-wide
    Point of Contact: Tonya Roberts
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 4797833932
    E-mail address: cert@co.sebastian.ar.us
    Website address: http://www.sebastiancountyonline.com/cert
    Brief Description: CERT program expanding to teams in all school districts. Teams made up teachers and administrative staff. Over 200 members strong as of June 2005.

    Name of Program: Stone County CERT
    Geographic Area: Stone County, Mountain View
    Point of Contact: Glen Crymes
    Title: Emergency Management Coordinator
    Phone Number: 8702694277
    E-mail address: gcrymes@hotmail.com

    Name of Program: Washington County CERT Program
    Geographic Area: Washington County, Fayetteville
    Point of Contact: John Luther
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 4794441722
    E-mail address: jluther@co.washington.ar.us
    Brief Description: The CERT team will be assembled and function with the Washington County Search and Rescue Team operated under the auspices of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. The Team is comprised of three (3) distinct training units: K-9 Unit, Mounted Unit (horse and mule) and Ground Unit. The Team is also supported by a Logistics Unit, which offers support through radio, computer and other technologies. Many members train to participate with more than one unit and all members respond to emergency missions, regardless of their individual specialties. The Team has training in wilderness search & rescue, urban search & rescue, mounted search & rescue, cave rescue, and high angle rescue. All members have CPR and basic first aid; many members have advanced medical training. The Team is a member of the National Association for Search and Rescue (“NASAR”); members receive search and rescue training and certifications through NASAR and have three NASAR instructors/coordinators on the Team. The Team also receives training through the National Cave Rescue Commission, the National Speleological Society, the Wilderness Medical Institute, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, Rescue III International, Department of Emergency Management and other emergency response agencies. The Team sponsors and promotes a preventive search & rescue program for 5-12 year old children, “Lost in the Woods.” Team members conduct the free, interactive programs for schools, scouts, youth groups and churches. The Team also sponsors a “train the trainer” program for educators, scout leaders and other adults interested in presenting the educational program to elementary aged children. The Team also participates in “Safety Day” at the University of Arkansas and with Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse. Each year, “Lost in the Woods” reaches hundreds of children in Northwest Arkansas. Team members also teach and promote the “Seven Principles of Leave No Trace” in conjunction with the National Outdoor Leadership School and Leave No Trace, Inc. Members respond primarily to emergency situations in Washington County but also respond in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Madison, Newton, and Franklin counties, and in Missouri and Oklahoma.

    Name of Program: White CERT (Community Emergency Response)
    Geographic Area: White County, City of Searcy
    Point of Contact:
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 5012684810
    E-mail address: mtipton@mtipton.net
    Brief Description: We have recently started and our first class graduated 03/20/04 (Letona AR). Our objectives are to teach different communities to plan and prepare for any major disaster situation, and be able to take care of themselves until professional responders can get to them.

    Name of Program: cert
    Geographic Area: Bella Vista, Arkansas
    Point of Contact:
    Title: n/a
    Phone Number: 4798558048
    E-mail address: cht@bellavistapoa.com
    Website address: http://bellavistavillagepoa.com
    Brief Description: A community self help program designed to enable the people in the community to help themselves their family their neighbors and assist the local emergency services when natural or man made disasters strike. Training is conducted utilizing the Fema materials and guidelines.

    Name of Program: Clark County CERT
    Geographic Area: Clark County
    Point of Contact: Jim Burns
    Title: Emergency Manager
    Phone Number: 8702460013
    E-mail address: oem54a@clarkcountyarkansas.com
    Website address: http://www.ezclick.net/~bob/eoc/
    Brief Description: There are 5 CERT teams within the county including one team of Boy Scouts and two teams consisting of First Responders

    Name of Program: Crawford County Community Emergency Response Team
    Geographic Area: Crawford County
    Point of Contact: Dennis Gilstrap
    Phone Number: 4794713260
    E-mail address: ccdem@crawford-county.org
    Website address: http://www.crawfordcountycert.org
    Brief Description: Crawford County Cert Program began in 2004 under the auspice of the Crawford County Citizens Corp Council which is a sub-committee of the Crawford County Local Emergency Planning Committee. The Crawford County CERT instructors have trained approximately 200 citizens while working with the Schools, Churches and individual citizens. The team works with Crawford County Emergency Management and Crawford County Search and Rescue by providing staging and other support functions. The team sets up booths at fairs, festivals and other events to promote the CERT Program and emergency prepardness and education. The main goals for the Crawford County CERT Program in the future is to expand and train teams in the rural areas and in business/industries throughout Crawford County.

    Name of Program: Van Buren County CERT TEAM
    Geographic Area: all of Van Buren co.
    Point of Contact: Jason T Thompson
    Phone Number: 5017335430
    E-mail address: toddthom@artelco.com
    Website address: vbcrescuesquad@yahoo.com
    Brief Description: Provide equipment and training to people who want to protect the community and help fire recruitment

    Name of Program: Ouachita County CERT Team
    Geographic Area: Ouachita County
    Point of Contact: Amy Giovanni
    Title: Chief Deputy Coordinator
    Phone Number: 8708372206
    E-mail address: ouachitaoem@cablelynx.com
    Website address: ouachitaoem@cablelynx.com
    Brief Description: To help support our community in event of a disaster.

    Name of Program: Johnson County CERT
    Geographic Area: Johnson County
    Point of Contact: Josh A Johnston
    Title: Johnson County Emergency Management
    Phone Number: 4797546383
    E-mail address: johnsonem1@centurytel.net
    Brief Description: New starting team.

    Name of Program: Baxter County CERT
    Geographic Area: North Central Arkansas
    Point of Contact: Tina Cole
    Phone Number: 8703212114
    E-mail address: safety@baxtercounty.org
    Website address: http://www.cert.baxtercounty.org
    Brief Description: Baxter County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) was formed by members of the neighborhoods and workplaces in Baxter County who want to better prepare for the hazards that threaten our communities. Our Mission is to do the most good for the greatest number of people by extending the capabilities of response organizations to minimize damage to life and property. Our Goal is to prepare ourselves, our families, our neighbors, workplaces and our communities-at-large because disasters may overwhelm emergency response resources. Before a disaster, Baxter County CERT will focus on emergency preparedness and hazard mitigation. After a disaster, Baxter County CERT may operate directly or assist responders in activities to save or sustain lives and protect property. Baxter County CERT will also strive to become known as a trusted volunteer resource that can actively support the response community in many ways, such as helping with community Safety Projects and preparing our neighborhoods and workplaces. Baxter County CERT will be a well organized, well trained and well managed volunteer group providing highly effective critical support activities. The safety of everyone is our number one priority.

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