El Paso Co CERT Team LogoCommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Volunteers learn basics about how to respond to a disaster or emergency in their community through this course offered free by the El Paso County Office of Emergency Management. For more information, email us.

Call for Instructors: El Paso County CERT welcomes volunteer instructors. Email us if you have experience in the subject matter, or would like to train to be an instructor.


  • CERT Basic Training: Sessions of CERT Basic may be arranged on a customized schedule by request of neighborhoods or organizations. Contact us for more information or to request a training for your group.
  • Tourniquets and Deep Wounds Training: Bleeding Control first aid training is scheduled as part of the regular CERT Basic training session. Additional “Stop the Bleed” classes are offered by UC Health. Go to uchealth.org/events/events for further details.
  • Psychological First Aid Class: Free Psychological first aid training is open to the public. There are currently no courses scheduled. If you’re interested in taking this certification course, please send a request.
  • Amateur Radio Technician Classes: Local amateur radio clubs offer beginning level Ham radio licensing courses in person and online. These are not provided by El Paso County, but we partner with these clubs to help promote the use of alternative communications in an emergency. If you’d like information on these classes, please send a request.
  • Resources in Your Neighborhood: Learn how to organize your neighborhood or organization to be ready for a disaster, and more resilient afterwards. Visit the regional map to see where CERT members, volunteer amateur (Ham) radio operators, and Neighborhood Watch groups are located throughout the county.

Join the County CERT Team: Individuals who would like to help with public education, special events, or emergency activations are encouraged to join the El Paso County CERT team. Send an email to express your interest, and receive an information packet.

Amateur Radio Operators: Are you a neighborhood resource? Add yourself (your call sign and neighborhood) to the community map to let residents nearby know you’re willing to help in an emergency. Download the permission form to submit your information and specify what information you would like to share.