In nearly all disaster scenarios, churches play a critical response and recovery role. Here is an opportunity for members to be prepared at the neighborhood level.

Good Day & greetings from Hancock County CERT !!!

I am Greg Hicks and the CERT Program Manager for Hancock County.

What is CERT? & why am I getting this e-mail?

What is CERT??  CERT is an acronym for Community Emergency Response Team, and is a nationwide program to train individuals how to respond to emergencies in their community. (The attached brochure should give you more information about the program.)

Why am I getting this e-mail??  As the county’s CERT Program Manager, I am trying to grow the program within the county; and realize that most churches (& their members) feel a need to be part of their local community.  CERT training will better equip your members to take care of themselves, their family and fellow citizens during & following an emergency.

What is CERT training? How can my members get involved?

>>  WHO:  Anyone 18 or older;  while some tasks during a response may require physical labor, anyone can get involved.

>>  WHAT:  The training program normally runs from 21 to 24 hours; and covers: intro to CERT  & general preparedness; medical operations; fire safety; light search & rescue; disaster psychology; and role in a terrorist incident.

>>  WHEN:  The next scheduled class will start October 5th and will run for 7 Monday nights; from 6:30pm to 9:30pm (+/-).

>>  WHERE:  Hancock County 911/Emergency Operations Center, 640 S. Franklin Street, Greenfield.

>>  COST:  FREE – While there is no cost for the class, I do ask students to make the commitment to be at as many classes as all possible.

>>  How do we sign up:  Just give me a call or drop me an e-mail.

If  you or any of your members have any question, please feel free to contact me.  Also, I am available to visit you (or your church) to give more information about the program.

Also, CERT will have an info table at the Sugar Creek Twp Fire Department’s Open House & Safety Day on September 26th.  Stop by if you can.

Thanks for you time, Greg


Greg Hicks,  K9TLA

Hancock County CERT Program Manager

317-501-5389 (cell)


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1 Comment

Jackie Cecil · September 12, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Have emergency training through Salvation Army and Hancock county health department. Am unable to attend your classes but would be interested in future training info

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