Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Volunteers learn basics about how to respond to a disaster or emergency in their community through training provided free by the Pikes Peak Office of Emergency Management and its partners.


  • CERT Basic Training: The first session of Basic CERT Training is now scheduled for 2020. Registration for other sessions will be posted here as they are scheduled. Some sessions are held on three weeknights (Tuesday through Thursday, PLUS one Saturday, and the April session is on three consecutive Saturdays. Registration and details are at:
    • Saturdays in April in Colorado Springs:
    • June 2-6 in Colorado Springs:
    • September 8-12 in Monument:
    • A “teens only” training is planned for November 23-25, 2020. Check back closer to the date for registration.
    • Additional dates for CERT Basic Training may be arranged on a customized schedule by request from neighborhoods or organizations. Contact us for more information or to request training for your group.
  • Tourniquets and Deep Wounds Training: Bleeding Control first aid training is included in the regular CERT Basic training session. Additional “Stop the Bleed” classes are offered by UC Health. Go to for further details.
  • Psychological First Aid Class: Free Psychological first aid training is open to the public. If you’re interested in taking this certification course, please emai.
  • Amateur Radio Technician Classes: Local amateur radio clubs offer beginning level Ham radio licensing courses in person and online. A two-Saturday class is currently scheduled for February 22 and 29, 2020. If you’d like information about these classes, please email us. Amateur radio VE license testing is held at the Office of Emergency Management facility on the second Saturday of every month by the Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association (PPRAA). For more details, visit the PPRAA website.
  • 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.

Ready and Resilient Neighborhood Planning Guide. Visit this page for more about how to organize and connect your own neighborhood.

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

More great preparedness tips are at CS READY including regional information and specific links for residents of Colorado Springs

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 are willing to help in an emergency. Download the permission form to submit your information and specify what information you would like to share. Join us for Neighborhood Net on each Saturday morning: at 10:00 a.m. on the PPHN repeater network 146.910 (negative offset, 151.4 tone);