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Warren County, Ohio

Warren County EMA
Warren County Mounted Search Team
Warren County Amateur Radio Association


Ohio Responds Volunteer Registry
Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador
Tri-State Disaster Volunteer Directory DVN
CERT - Ohio Programs

Donate Responsibly, How to Help Disaster Victims


 NWS Weather Spotter Training Schedule (2018) Greater Cincinnati Area

June Is National
Pet Preparedness Month
Click Here To Read About Disaster Preparedness For Your Pet

Utility Shut-Off Signage Package

Download Combo Pack (Water, Hot Water, Electric & Gas) PDF, 2.5 Meg

Water is gushing from the ceiling! You're in a panic looking for the main water shut-off. It's an emergency! Does the baby sitter know how and where to shut off the water?

Knowing the location for utility shut-offs prior to the emergency will save precious time for you, the baby sitter, the fire department and may reduce damage cost.

The fire department recommends labeling all emergency shut-off's with easy to read signage. Printing and posting the shut-off signs makes a fun project for kids or grandkids, and teaches them the locations for each.

Good signage also minimizes the mistake of turning off the wrong valve.

>Invitation to Join the Team<

Following graduation you are cordially invited to join the Warren County Community Emergency Response Team.

We learn to help our self and our community in times of an emergency or disaster when professional responders are not immediately available.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, you  and other CERT members can assist your neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders may be delayed. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Online application HERE, hard copy application HERE

4th Tuesday (unless otherwise noted) 6:30 PM, 520 Justice Drive, Lebanon Ohio 45036 (Lower level)  Map

 March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, October 23, November 27,
December 17, Note: This is the 3rd Monday, not the 4th Tuesday

Meeting Location
520 Justice Drive, Lebanon Ohio 45036  Map 


Contact Us      Twitter     Facebook

President ............................ Gayle DeBord KD8WXS
Vice President .................... Tom Schauf KD8WXQ
Public Information Officer Patrick Palmer KM1WTF
Liaison ................................ Dave Astles  
Safety Officer Tim Mullis KD8USR
Treasurer ........................... Karl DeBord KD8WXT
Logistics and Website........ Lee Hite                  K8CLI

District Plan

Warren County Townships

District 1 / Team 1: Lebanon area, District 2 / Team 2: Waynesville area, District 3 / Team 3: Mason area, District 4 / Team 4: Morrow area

Training Schedule

Warren County CERT Training and  Events  200K, PDF

Warren County CERT Training Curriculum  200K, PDF

FEMA Emergency Management Institute Training Independent Study Program


Ohio Department of Public Safety Training


Become a Helpful Responder—Not a Helpless Bystander

Best Practices — Evidence Discovery and Protection

Noticeable Colors  by Bob Wiseman

Wilderness Search Flagging Procedures  by Bob Wiseman

About Us Nonprofit 501(C)(3) Community Emergency Response Team

Our Purpose:

A) To assist State, County and Local Emergency Services in any and all emergencies. The Organization will only respond to an emergency when requested by an authorized representative of Emergency Service.

B) To train, educate, and inform the public regarding Emergency Preparedness. The Organization has been established exclusively for charitable purposes under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Employer identification number (EIN): 81-5396727
520 Justice Dr. , Lebanon, Ohio 45036, Warren County, Ohio, United States
Phone:  Karl DeBord - Treasurer: (513) 398-8116
Web address: wcohcert.org/

The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs.

Since 1993 when this training was made available nationally by FEMA, communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico have conducted CERT training. FEMA supports CERT by conducting or sponsoring Train-the-Trainer and Program Manager courses for members of the fire, medical and emergency management community.

Donations Accepted   Nonprofit  501(C)(3)  (EIN): 81-5396727

We greatly appreciate your donation of money, equipment, or supplies. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


We are in constant need of equipment and supplies. If you wish to make a donation to our program; our training or our call-out supplies, money is the most effective. If you have supplies or questions, please contact our treasurer Karl DeBord. Use the PayPal donate button above. Treasurer: Karl DeBord  (513) 398-8116

Thank You!

Newsletters (Quarterly)

April 2018 (Spring)

January 2018 (Winter)  

Communications Plan

Best Practices for Talking over Two-Way Radio
How to increase the accuracy of verbal communications when using two-way radios.

How to Program a Two-Way Radio
Using a *.csv file with the CHIRP Program

How to setup cross-band for TTY TH-9800

CERT Band Plan - Warren County and Mason OH 

2M- 70CM 300 Ohm Ladder Line (Twin lead) J-Pole emergency antenna

Technician Practice Exams (Ham Radio), What is Ham Radio?, Warren County ARA Band Plan

Warren County Repeaters, Hamilton County Repeaters, Clermont County Repeaters, SW Ohio Repeaters



Volunteer Reception Center

VRC Documentation

 Contents of zip files listed below, PDF,   VRC Forms Zip, PDF, 2 Meg

 VRC Job Descriptions Zip, PDF, 3 Meg, VRC Signage Zip, PDF, 6 Meg

     VRC Exercise Report, Clermont County, Ohio 2006-2007, PDF, 4.3 Meg

A Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) is an operation in which spontaneous, unaffiliated disaster volunteers are registered and referred to local agencies to assist with relief efforts. At the VRC, volunteers will:



 Tri-State Disaster Volunteer Network Directory

This directory exists to facilitate better networking among Tri-State disaster volunteer organizations before, during and after an emergency.

The directory contains self-supporting technical response, disaster assistance organizations in the Tri-State area of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Typical groups are CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Search and Rescue, Mounted Search and Rescue, K-9 Search and Rescue, ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service), Medical Reserve Corps, Animal Emergency Response Teams and Special Response Units.

Groups are deployed at the request of FEMA, Fire and EMS departments, law enforcement, emergency operations centers or emergency management operations, or other local, state or federal government agencies.

If your organization is not in the directory, send us your listing: Email 

We need:

1. Organization Name
2. Purpose
3. City, County, State
4. Primary contact, phone, email
5. Secondary contact, phone, email
6. Website


 520 Justice Drive, (Lower level)
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Warren County, Ohio