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Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro CERT

Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission
Date last updated: Nov 5, 2015

General Information

Month and year the CERT Program was started: January 2003

Geographic Area: AUGUSTA SPRINGS (Local) (24411)
CHURCHVILLE (Local) (24421)
CRAIGSVILLE (Local) (24430)
CRIMORA (Local) (24431)
FISHERSVILLE (Local) (22939)
FORT DEFIANCE (Local) (24437)
GREENVILLE (Local) (24440)
GROTTOES (Local) (24441)
LYNDHURST (Local) (22952)
MINT SPRING (Local) (24463)
STAUNTON (Local) (24401, 24402)
SWOOPE (Local) (24479)
VERONA (Local) (24482)
WAYNESBORO (Local) (22980)
WEST AUGUSTA (Local) (24485)
WEYERS CAVE (Local) (24486)

Point of Contact:
Rebecca Joyce
Citizen Corps and CERT Coordinator
Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission
112 MacTanly Place
Staunton, VA 24401

(540) 885-5174
(540) 885-2687


On average, this CERT Program conducts the CERT Basic Training Course 2 times a year.

Number of CERT classes that have graduated since the program started: 25

Number of individuals who have completed CERT Basic Training Course since the program started: 423

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

  • 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:

  • CERT Animal Response I

  • CERT Animal Response II

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

  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)

  • Mass care

  • Shelter operations/management

  • Additional Search & Rescue


CERT in Action


Number of times the CERTs have responded in actual emergencies:3

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

  • Flood

  • Hurricane / Coastal storm

  • Winter storm

Activities During Emergencies

Activities conducted by CERTs during past emergencies:

  • Residential / Neighborhood checks

  • Staffing Emergency Operating Center

  • Community relations / Distribution of emergency information to public

Non-Emergency Functions

Non-emergency functions performed by CERT members:

  • Mitigation activities (including home safety/prevention assistance, such as winterizing homes, installing smoke detectors, etc.)

  • 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

  • Fire safety

  • Public health

  • Terrorism awareness

Additional CERT Program Information