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Benzie County CERT Program

Benzie County
Date last updated: May 26, 2017

General Information

Month and year the CERT Program was started: March 2014

Geographic Area: BENZIE (County)

Point of Contact:
Frank Post
Emergency Management Coordinator
Benzie County Office of Emergency Management
448 Court Place
Beulah, MI 49617 - 6421

(231) 882-0567
(231) 882-0568

CERT Web Site:
Social Media Site:


On average, this CERT Program conducts the CERT Basic Training Course 1 time a year.

Number of CERT classes that have graduated since the program started: 4

Number of individuals who have completed CERT Basic Training Course since the program started: 13

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

  • Government groups

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-200.a ICS for Single Resources

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

  • IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction

  • Amateur radio operation

  • Additional CBRNE awareness

  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)

  • Additional damage assessment

  • Basic first aid

  • Additional Incident Command System (ICS)

  • Additional National Incident Management System (NIMS)

  • Mass care

  • Shelter operations/management

  • Additional Search & Rescue


A total of 5 CERTs have participated in 3 exercises.

CERT in Action


Number of times the CERTs have responded in actual emergencies:7

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

  • Missing person search

  • Severe thunderstorm

Activities During Emergencies

Activities conducted by CERTs during past emergencies:

  • Residential / Neighborhood checks

  • Debris removal

  • Managing / processing supplies or donations

  • Traffic management / Crowd management

  • Initial damage assessment

  • Staffing Emergency Operating Center

  • Staffing shelters

Non-Emergency Functions

Non-emergency functions performed by CERT members:

  • 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

Additional CERT Program Information