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Greater Federal Way CERT

City of Federal Way
Date last updated: Nov 21, 2014

General Information

Month and year the CERT Program was started: January 2002

Geographic Area: FEDERAL WAY (Local) (98003, 98023, 98063, 98093)

Point of Contact:
Ray Gross
Emergency Manager
City of Federal Way
33325 8th Avenue South
Federal Way, WA 98003

(253) 835-2712


On average, this CERT Program conducts the CERT Basic Training Course 3 times a year.

Number of CERT classes that have graduated since the program started: 36

Number of individuals who have completed CERT Basic Training Course since the program started: 1238

Local CERT Programs offer training to the general public and/or to particular groups in the community. This CERT Program holds classes for the following groups:

  • General public / Open classes

  • Specific neighborhood groups

  • Businesses

  • Government groups

  • Faith-based organizations

  • Teens / Youth

  • People with disabilities

Language(s) in which the program conducts CERT training:

  • English

Supplemental Training

Does this program offer or require supplemental training in addition to the CERT Basic Training Course? Yes

Supplemental training conducted, recommended, and/or required for CERT members:

  • IS-100.a Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)

  • IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

  • Basic first aid

  • Shelter operations/management


A total of 118 CERTs have participated in 6 exercises.

CERT in Action


Number of times the CERTs have responded in actual emergencies:5

Types of emergencies/disasters to which the CERTs have responded:

  • Flood

  • Winter storm

Activities During Emergencies

Activities conducted by CERTs during past emergencies:

  • Residential / Neighborhood checks

  • Sandbagging

  • Managing / processing supplies or donations

  • Traffic management / Crowd management

  • Initial damage assessment

  • Basic search and rescue

  • Utility control / Shut off

  • Staffing Emergency Operating Center

  • Staffing shelters

Non-Emergency Functions

Non-emergency functions performed by CERT members:

  • Conducting or supporting threat/hazard assessments

  • Conduct and support emergency preparedness efforts and projects, including sharing information with the public about protective actions and encouraging them to practice

  • Support emergency planning, exercises, and drills in the community, including for neighborhoods, schools, and businesses

  • Support for public safety at community events

  • Crime prevention

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