Community Emergency
Response Team
Warren County, OH

When Disaster Strikes

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and the Community
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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.

Meetings: 4th Tuesday, 7:00 PM
520 Justice Drive, Lebanon, Ohio 45036 (Lower level)  Map


• A local distillery (Brain Brew) had converted to manufacturing and bottling hand sanitizer. CERT members volunteered to assemble “Restart Kits” consisting of hand sanitizer, surface cleaner, and face masks.

• CERT members delivered more than 500 of these kits to small businesses throughout Warren Co.

• CERT subscribed to ‘ZOOM Meetings’ allowing the Team to meet virtually and offer training while Pandemic restrictions were in place.

• During his visit to Warren County EMA (6-18-20), Congressman Steve Chabot was briefed by a CERT representative on current activities related to Covid-19 response.

• When vaccines became available, CERT members volunteered at Warren County Health call center to aid residents who didn’t have access to computer or internet.

• CERT members managed parking and directional activities at Warren County’s mass vaccination site.

• CERT members responded to a mutual aid request to assist at a mass vaccination site outside of Warren County.

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


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 method. If you have supplies or questions, please contact our treasurer Karl DeBord. Use the PayPal donate button above. Treasurer: Karl DeBord  (513) 398-8116

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


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President ........................ Paul Hauwiller KD8EJC
Vice President .................. Dennis O'Neill N8EPG
Public Information Officer Patrick Palmer KM1WTF
Secretary ....................... Jeri Moose  
Safety Officer .................. Tom Schauf KD8WXQ
Treasurer ....................... Karl DeBord KD8WXT
Website ......................... Lee Hite K8CLI


Training Schedule

Warren County CERT Training Curriculum  200K, PDF

FEMA Emergency Management Institute Training Independent Study Program


Ohio Department of Public Safety Training

Training Docs

MREs – Understanding, Evaluating and Purchasing by: Casey Gilpin – July 2018

Become a Helpful ResponderNot a Helpless Bystander by: Lee Hite – April 2018

Best Practices Evidence Discovery and Protection White Paper

Best Practices for Talking over Two-Way Radio by Lee Hite – November 2017

Noticeable Colors  by Bob Wiseman, New York Search & Rescue

Wilderness Search Flagging Procedures  Utilized by the Howard County Fire & Rescue Special Operations Team. Developed by Robert Wiseman (CROCKETT SAR)


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

Our Purpose:

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

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:

The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake 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.

About CERT
C.E.R.T About Us Series-1

C.E.R.T About Us Series-2
C.E.R.T About Us Series-4

C.E.R.T About Us Series-3


C.E.R.T. Training Examples
Light Search and Rescue

Fire Extinguisher Training

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 methos. 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!


Communications Plan

CERT Band Plan - Warren County and Mason OH PDF

CERT Band Plan - Warren County and Mason OH csv

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

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

How to setup cross-band for TTY TH-9800

Net control preamble for event or emergency operations

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


Warren County Amateur
Radio Network



District Plan

Warren County Townships

CERT Districts:
District 1 -Team 1: Lebanon area, District 2 -Team 2: Waynesville area
District 3 -Team 3: Mason area,     District 4 -Team 4:
Morrow area



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.



MREs – Understanding, Evaluating and Purchasing.
Become a Helpful Responder - Not a Helpless Bystander.
Best Practices for Talking over Two-Way Radio.
Warren County EMA
Warren County Amateur Radio Association
Ohio Responds Volunteer Registry
CERT Resources from Ready.gov
Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador
Warren County, OH Amateur Radio Network
CERT - Ohio Programs
Donate Responsibly, How to Help Disaster Victims.


Long-Term Food and Water Storage,  PPT, 5 MB. June 2021


Our Gallery


1,100 volunteers hosted a red carpet Night to Shine for 400 people with special needs on Friday, Feb. 9th in Mason Ohio. This is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs ages 14 and older. Our local CERT team provided emergency medical assistance for the event. On this evening 540 events from around the world came together to host Night to Shine for approximately 90,000 honored guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers! It's an amazing experience for both the guest and the volunteers!


Warren County EMA VRC Exercise, Nov. 8, 2017
Warren County Career Center

 Casey Gilpin, Curtis Helton
Lee Hite and John Entwisle

Warren County Fire Academy, Oct. 31, 2017
Warren County Career Center
Instructors, Casey Gilpin
Curtis Helton and Lee Hite

Stop the Bleed Course by
Delaware County, Ohio, EMS, October 21, 2017

Kings Island Safety Weekend, Aug. 25-27, 2017


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