Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) educates individuals about emergency preparedness and basic disaster response skills. CERTs may also assist professional responders during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks, as well as provide support to these professionals during planned community events. 

Volunteer Tennessee provides administrative support and acts as a liaison to FEMA for locally-led CERT programs in Tennessee. CERT training teaches people about emergencies and disaster preparedness for themselves, their families, their neighbors, and their local communities. 

If you are considering a local CERT program for your community, workplace, or organization and would like additional information about CERT emergency preparedness training, please contact Don Sowers at Volunteer Tennessee for guidance. 

CERT Training Courses

  • Sevier County Emergency Management Agency will offer a FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training disaster and emergency preparedness course, open to residents and businesses in Sevier County and East Tennessee, on September 6, 7, & 8, 2024. For more information, contact Mike Williams, assistant director of Sevier County EMA, at

September 7th and 14th - Sign Up Here!

October 5th and 12th - Sign Up Here!


Tennessee Local CERT Programs Email Contacts List

Unless otherwise indicated, the following are locally based (Community) CERT programs. For more information about a specific CERT program in Tennessee, please contact them via their email link below. To search for a nearby CERT program by Zipcode see: Find a CERT.

  • 2Serve Disaster Preparedness - email
  • Advent CERT & Disaster Services - email
  • Arlington Fire Dept. CERT - email
  • City of Bartlett CERT - email
  • Civil Air Patrol - Millington Composite Squadron CERT - email
  • Claiborne County EMA CERT - email
  • Columbia Fire & Rescue CERT - email
  • Crockett County EMA CERT - email
  • Cumberland County CERT - email
  • Elizabethton / Carter County CERT - email
  • Fayette County EMA CERT - email
  • Germantown CERT - email
  • Greeneville / Greene County OEM - CERT - email
  • Houston County EMA CERT - email
  • Knoxville-Knox County EMA CERT - email
  • Lebanon Public Safety CERT Team - email
  • Lee University (Campus CERT) - email
  • Mason Fire Dept. CERT - email
  • Medical Support Command/National Disaster Response (Munford) - email
  • Millington Fire Dept. CERT - email
  • Monroe County EMA CERT - email
  • Montgomery County EMA CERT - email
  • Nashville / Davidson County OEM CERT - email
  • New Hope (Roane County) - email
  • Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America PCCNA - CERT (Memphis) - email    
  • Roane County EMA-OES CERT - email
  • Sevier County EMA CERT - email
  • Shelby County EMA CERT - email
  • Spring Hill CERT - email
  • Tennessee Disaster Response Team (Monterey Lions Club) - email
  • VA - Tennessee Valley Healthcare System - EMRT - email
  • Vanderbilt University OEM (Campus CERT) - email
  • Washington County/Johnson City CERT - email
  • Weakley County EMA CERT - email
  • Williamson County EMA CERT - email

Volunteer Tennessee provides guidance and acts as a liaison to FEMA for locally led CERT programs in Tennessee. If your Tennessee CERT program is not listed above, please contact Don Sowers

Don Sowers, Disaster Volunteer Services Manager
Don Sowers, Disaster Volunteer Services Manager