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Warren County, Ohio

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District Plan
Donations Accepted
Volunteer Reception Center

Important Links

Tri-State Disaster Volunteer Directory DVN
Ohio Response Volunteer Registry
CERT - Mason, Ohio
CERT - Ohio Programs


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

    Other Related Events
Northern Kentucky Regional CERT Class. Feb/March 2018

Donate Responsibly, How to Help Disaster Victims

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Welcome to Training
 Register Here

                         When: 3 Hours/Every Thursday (No charge)
                                     February 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2018, 6–9 PM
                                     Saturday, Feb. 24, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, (Lunch Provided)

                         Where: Warren County Board of Elections Building
                                       520 Justice Dr., Lebanon, Ohio (Lower level)
                                       Map HERE

 Download: CERT Basic Training announcement  Here    Course outline

 January 2018 Newsletter

 Also announcing: Northern Kentucky Regional CERT Class (Feb/March 2018)

When is the best time to prepare?

>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 team HERE, hard copy application HERE

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

January 23, 2018, February 27, 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 ............................ Curtis Helton  
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

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)

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

WC CERT Communications Band Plan 


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:

1. Complete a registration form and sign a general release of liability statement
2. Accept a referral to an organization needing their services (Referral includes a description of their duties and complete address and contact information for the agency to which they have been referred)
3. Receive a form of identification approved by local officials
4. Participate in a safety briefing
5. Agree in writing to follow all safety instructions and directions from supervisors at their work sites.




 Tri-State Disaster Volunteer Network

This directory works to facilitating 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