Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT Logo for York County

CERT training, as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for qualified CERT instructors to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, these individuals would provide assistance to their community if emergency services were delayed in response.

CERT backpack and response tools

York County currently has more than 40 certified CERT Instructors and over 1000 CERT team members. Classes are conducted on the basis of demand. Each member who graduates from the class receives a CERT backpack full of response tools. The class is free to the participant. If you are CERT member, you can update your contact information at

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To request CERT classes in your area, contact Erica Brokopp at 717-840-2990 or

For more info, view the CERT Brochure (.pdf). Also visit FEMA's CERT site.

You must obtain a criminal background check before being considered. You can obtain a criminal background check here. There is no cost as a volunteer. You must return the results of the background check to the CERT Instructor on the first day of the class.


 Upcoming classes:

Franklin Township Emergency Management

The evenings of June 18, 20, 25, 27, July 9, 11, and all day July 13

Contact Laurin Fleming at 717-514-1063


York Township Municipal Building - Instructor Mike Shanabrook

Wednesday evenings: July 10, 17, 24, & 31 from 6:30PM - 9:00/9:30PM

Last class is August 7 at York County Fire School 

Contact: Kathleen Dellinger

York Township Emergency Management Coordinator

717-741-3861 Ext. 189

Cell: 717-430-1063

Email: (Please put CERT in subject line)