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Putnam County CERT

Putnam County Emergency Management Agency
Date last updated: Mar 13, 2015

General Information

Month and year the CERT Program was started: October 2011

Geographic Area: PUTNAM (County)

Point of Contact:
Patrick Quillin
Putnam County CERT
1600 West County Road 225 South
Greencastle, IN 46135

(317) 850-0662


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: 3

Number of individuals who have completed CERT Basic Training Course since the program started: 65

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

  • Critical infrastructure sectors (e.g., utilities, public transportation)

  • Government groups

  • Faith-based organizations

  • Teens / Youth

  • Colleges / Universities

  • People with disabilities

  • Military 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

  • 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 36 CERTs have participated in 3 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

  • Missing person search

  • Severe thunderstorm

  • Winter storm

Activities During Emergencies

Activities conducted by CERTs during past emergencies:

  • Residential / Neighborhood checks

  • Evacuation of individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs

  • Animal evacuation or shelter

  • General evacuation

  • General evacuation

  • Initial damage assessment

  • Basic search and rescue

  • Staffing Emergency Operating Center

  • Staffing shelters

  • Community relations / Distribution of emergency information to public

  • Other - Air Support - Transportation - Communications

Non-Emergency Functions

Non-emergency functions performed by CERT members:

  • Conducting or supporting threat/hazard assessments

  • 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 for public safety at community events

  • Fire safety

  • Public health

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