Tri-County CERT is a group of citizen volunteers that help train other citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members could give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

Tri-County CERT works closely with Douglas and Sarpy County Emergency Management to organize and respond to emergencies as they arise.  The Nebraska counties of  Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington are our primary service area. Assistance can be provided outside of the service area by request.

Our Mission

  • Ease stress on the emergency response system and enhance welfare of the community by assisting emergency managers in meeting identified needs during times of emergency and natural disaster.  Doing so will model the principle of neighbors helping neighbors; strengthen the knowledge, skills and abilities of team members and potentially save lives and property.

  • Provide the public the skills to be self-sufficient in an emergency and foster ownership of emergency preparedness among neighbors and in the community.

  • Provide team members opportunities to grow their knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Create opportunities for fellowship among members in ways that build cohesiveness and attract and retain new members.

Our History

- CERT started in Eastern Nebraska in 1999. 

- CERT has responded to the Millard Wind Storm of 2008 performing disaster assessment and clean up, assisted Douglas County Health Dept. with the H1N1 vaccination clinics in 2009 and organized spontaneous volunteers during the sandbagging for the 2011 Missouri River flooding.

- We have participated at Omaha’s Salute to Safety Expo, Offutt AFB MARE drill, Sarpy County’s Operation First Pitch drill at Werner Park, Sarpy County First Bell, Eppley exercise. Children's Hospital Outreach and POD (points of dispensing) exercise.

- We operate under several grants from Federal, State and Local governments.