CERT Mission and Program Overview
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CERT Mission and Program Overview


Oakland County Citizen Corps/CERT Program

Mission and Program Overview

Oakland County Homeland Security Division is sponsoring a mechanism that promotes proactive involvement of private citizens, business groups, civic organizations and schools in homeland security and integrated emergency management./homelandsecurity/assets/images/CERT_CREST.gif

We hope to challenge our residents to better prepare their neighborhoods and place of business for emergency or disaster situations. We also hope to identify ci​tizen volunteers with credentials, special skills or subject matter expertise.

We are partnering with organizations, institutions and other resources to develop and deliver an established program with guidance and grant funding assistance from the US Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Michigan Citizen Corps Council.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training  involves an 8 module, 20 hour course of instruction and practical exercise. Our CERT trainers are local firefighters, sheriff's deputies, paramedics, and from organizations such as SATRA/Michigan Technical Rescue Operations Team and American Red Cross. A CERT training schedule is being developed and will be posted in the near future.

For more background and course curriculum information concerning Community Emergency Response Team training please refer to the following websites:

Program Concept

Our program will focus on groups or individuals for county-wide service, as well as support local cities, villages and townships that establish and manage their own teams or programs.

We intend for our citizens to be better prepared to survive and recover from all-hazards including severe weather, flooding, major power outage, fire, transportation or hazardous materials incidents, weapons of mass destruction such as a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive-incendiary incidents.

Trained and informed citizens will be better able to help themselves, their families, neighbors and co-workers in the event of a disaster that slows, hinders or overwhelms normal response capability. These citizens may also help prevent a terrorist attack or criminal act by watching for, and reporting to authorities, suspicious persons, vehicles or activity at sites such as drinking water system facilities and airports.

Existing activities or groups that will be targeted for our program include:

  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Airport Watch
  • Citizen Police Academies
  • Fire and Law Enforcement Explorers
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Community-Action Agencies
  • RACES/ARRL (Amateur Radio Operators)
  • Skywarn Spotters
  • National Ski Patrol
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Schools
  • Large Businesses
  • Special Needs Facilities

We are especially looking for the following professions or skills (including retirees):

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • EMTs
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Structural Engineers
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • School Teachers and Administrators
  • Business Floor Wardens or Area Leaders (assist employees/citizens evacuate a building, etc. in the event of an incident)
  • Former Military Personnel

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will be coordinated with Oakland County Health Division. Veterinarians and kennel operators/animal shelter resources will be referred to Oakland County Animal Control or the Michigan Department of Veterinary Medicine.

Oakland County communities with active Citizen Corps programs:

​Community Emergency Response Teams​Volunteers in Police Services​Neighborhood Watch Programs
​Bloomfield Township
Christopher Whitehead
(248) 433-7745
Oakland County Sheriff's Office
Mike Suarez
(248) 858-1664
​Hazel Park
Brian Forrester
(248) 542-6161 Ext. 254
​Brandon Township
Jerry Kowalski
(248) 627-4000
​City of Royal Oak
Al Carter
(248) 246-3528
Ray Garbarino
(248) 347-0556
​Holly Township
Karin Winchester
(248) 634-9331 ext. 301
​Sylvan Lake
Mike Mondeau
(248) 682-1440
Andre Ewing
(248) 409-7103
​Ferndale/Pleasant Ridge
Kevin Sullivan
(248) 546-2510
​City of Waterford
William Dolehanty
(248) 618-6057
​City of Royal Oak
Mike Frasier
(248) 246-3502
​City of Novi
Ray Garbarino
(248) 347-0556
​Royal Oak Township
Chad Allan
(248) 591-7241
​City of Rochester
John Shepp
(248) 651-4470
William Dolehanty
(248) 618-6057
​City of Rochester Hills
David See
(248) 537-3530
​City of Southfield
William Johns
(248) 796-5992
​City of Waterford
William Dolehanty
(248) 618-6057

Can I participate in the Oakland County Citizen Corps or apply for CERT training?

Any citizen of Oakland County or an employee of a business operating in Oakland County may apply to be part of our program. Applicants may be asked to submit to a background check.

If you are an interested party, please complete the Citizen Corps Program Member Application and fax to 248.858.5550 or mail to:

Oakland County Homeland Security Division
1200 North Telegraph Road, Building 47W
Pontiac, Michigan, USA 48341-0410

For further information on the Oakland County Citizen Corps/CERT program, contact Michael Kuzila at 248.858.1598 or kuzilam@oakgov.com

The County of Oakland does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission of access to its programs, activities or services as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please contact us within five (5) business days prior to the event if you have any special needs.

Revised 9/15/15