Sector 2 CERT

Applications may be submitted to the above email address, or submitted in person at a CERT Training Meeting.
One time Apparel Fee of $20 required with all new applications to cover cost of CERT Red T-shirt, ID Nametapes, and CERT Badge.

CERT Command Staff

Program Manager

Exec. Dir. Ben Bower
Central Command

CERT Program

Central Aid Agency CERT is a Community Emergency Response Team program operated by the Central Aid Agency in partnership with Training Solutions International LLC. The goal of the program is to deploy to disaster and emergency situations, and to better prepare the community and the general public to respond to all hazard incidents. The program serves the Junction City and greater Lane County areas and also works with other CERT programs operating in the area.

Central Aid Agency CERT conducts Basic Training Courses as well as ongoing training for CERT team members and members of the community.  The program also engages in community outreach presentations focusing on disaster preparedness and resiliency.

Central Aid Agency CERT is open to any member of the community interested in becoming more prepared and resilient.  We welcome both experienced CERTs who have already been trained, as well as those new and looking to learn.

Central Aid Agency CERT is deployed by the Central Aid Agency in conjunction with C.A.A. Rapid Response Teams and has deployment agreements with other local CERT programs, the Lane County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), as well as several government agencies.

HAM Radio Communications

Amateur Radio, or HAM, is a critical component of our disaster response plan.  We encourage all emergency response personnel and CERT volunteers to become certified as HAM radio operators.  HAM radio certification is also a requirement for any leadership position within RRT or CERT.  Additional disaster response related HAM radio training can be found on the ARRL website by following the links below.

Training Schedule

Central Aid Agency CERT currently trains bi-monthly with other C.A.A. Emergency Response units.  Basic Training classes are scheduled twice per year, in the Spring and Fall.  Basic Training is conducted jointly with the Lane Community College Campus CERT program, and graduates are dual enrolled in that program.  Basic Training is usually announced a few weeks in advance, but do not follow a set schedule.  Training Meetings are held every-other month at the First Christian Church in Junction City (1250 Nyssa Street).

Training Meeting Schedule

January (Awards Ceremony)

4th Friday of the month

1900 - 2100 (7 PM to 9 PM)


4th Friday of  the month

1900 - 2100 (7 PM to 9 PM)


4th Friday of the month

1900 - 2100 (7 PM to 9 PM)


4th Friday of the month

1900 - 2100 (7 PM to 9 PM)


4th Friday of the month

1900-2100 (7 PM to 9 PM)


3rd Friday of the month

1900-2100 (7 PM to 9 PM)

(Moved to accommodate Thanksgiving Holiday)

All meetings held at the

First Christian Church in Junction City

(1250 Nyssa Street)


The Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) are frameworks developed by FEMA in order to facilitate a multi-agency response to minor and major disasters.

ICS/NIMS is required by many professional first response agencies in order to ensure an effective response.  ICS courses are also required for various levels within our CERT program.  Much of ICS/NIMS training can be taken online, complete with a printable certificate upon completion of the course.  Links to the courses can be found below (Red are the most commonly required basic courses).

Activeness Requirements

To ensure skill proficiency and effectiveness for deployments, we do maintain an activeness requirement for all C.A.A. Emergency Response personnel, including our CERT Program.  We use a point system to monitor activeness, points are earned through attendance and participation.  Generally, CERTs are required to attend a minimum of three out of the six Training Meetings, at least one training exercise, and one deployment, drill, or event per year to stay active.

Basic Training

All CERTs go through a Basic CERT Training that is comprised of modules focusing on topics relevant to disaster response.  The Basic CERT Training culminates in participation in a mock disaster drill where all the skills are put together in one exercise.  Basic Training includes modules on:

Disaster Preparedness

Fire Safety

Light Search and Rescue Operations

Triage and Sizeup

Disaster Medical Operations

Incident Command Structure

Disaster Psychology

Terrorism and CERT

C.A.A. CERT staffs certified CERT Trainers.  Our trainers are available to train any one of the individual sections of the CERT Basic Training, or conduct an entire Basic Training for interested businesses, agencies, and the community as a fundraiser for the program.

Training is flexible, and can be tailored the specific needs of the organization, as long as the basic FEMA requirements are fulfilled.  For hands on activities, we can arrange to use on-site resources, or bring our own equipment.  Each module is mostly self-contained, however at the end of the Basic Training is a final drill in which aspects or all the modules are put together to simulate responding to an actual emergency.

NOTE: In order to officially certify CERT team members to the national standards, CERT programs owned or operated by a business, agency, or community group must be formally recognized programs under the local Citizen Corps Council.  Anyone can still receive CERT training without being part of an official program, since the training is beneficial on it's own, but this will not result in official CERT certification.

Become a CERT Instructor

The CERT Instructor Cadre is always looking to add new CERT members interested in becoming Instructors.  To become a C.A.A. CERT Instructor isn't easy, we hold our Instructors to very high standards.  But being an Instructor can be very rewarding and gives you an opportunity to pass on your skills and knowledge to the next group of CERTs.  If you are interested in becoming a CERT Instructor, the Procedure for Instructor Selection is available in PDF form by clicking the link below.

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