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Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)

The CERT program is:

  • Neighbor helping neighbor…doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people
  • A community-based program targeted at community residents.
  • A group of ordinary citizens who want to help in time of disaster.
  • Comprised of people trained in basic emergency skills offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.
  • A program designed to teach neighborhood volunteers safety measures for use during a disaster
  • A way to plan for a potential neighborhood emergency.
  • A way to reduce stress and confusion in the neighborhood during a disaster.
  • An inducement for citizens to seek higher levels of training through other sources.
  • A potential recruitment tool for local emergency care providers, fire companies, and agencies.

The CERT organizational structure was developed because there is a need to provide:

  • Effective communication among agency personnel and the citizens
  • A well-defined management structure
  • Accountability

If you are interested in receiving this training please complete an application and return it to:

Washington County Emergency Management
16232 Elliott Parkway
Williamsport, MD 21795

Emergency Management

100 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone: (240) 313-2921

Email: [email protected]

TTY users may call any government office
through the Maryland Relay Service

Liberal Leave is in effective for Washington County Government


Liberal leave is in effect for all non-essential personal on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, until noon. Essential personnel are expected to fulfill their duties as usual.

The starting time for today’s Board of County Commissioners meeting will be reevaluated at 9:00 am.

For those required to travel, exercise caution on the roadways. If driving is necessary, ensure your vehicle is completely cleared, drive at a reduced speed, practice caution, and avoid crowding or passing plows.
We’ll keep the public informed of any changes. Stay updated by monitoring Washington County Government’s website and social media channels for the latest information. Your safety is our priority!