Volunteering and Training

Flagler County Emergency Management encourages residents and businesses to GET INVOLVED in helping the community prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate for disasters. The key to staying calm during an emergency or disaster is to be prepared and organized to assist family, friends and neighbors who may not be as knowledgeable.

Volunteering at the EOC
Become part of the Emergency Operations Center administrative support:

  • Make and answer phone calls
  • Organize supplies and prepare outreach materials
  • Computer data entry
Candidates will have availability for at least 4 hours per week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Email the Emergency Operations Center at eoc@flaglercounty.org to discuss volunteering.

STORM SPOTTER – SKYWARN TRAINING
Be a volunteer storm spotter! Learn to look for and how to report potentially dangerous weather conditions, so that earlier warnings may be issued.

The National Weather Service and Flagler County Emergency Management regularly host SKYWARN storm spotter classes. These classes are typically held at the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center located at 1769 East Moody Blvd, Bldg 3 in Bunnell, FL.

Due to COVID-19, these classes are now being offered online and can be found by Clicking Here. 

Once you complete the training, please notify Bob Pickering, Emergency Management Technician at BPickering@FlaglerCounty.org to obtain information on how to join our local Skywarn Group.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.

Those who are interested in learning more about CERT should consider taking the FEMA  IS-317 interactive web-based course.

Flagler County supports the local CERT program through a partnership with Flagler Volunteer Services to provide CERT training to the residents and businesses of Flagler County. This partnership also provides assistance and peer support to neighborhoods and communities looking to establish their own teams.

The CERT Basic Course is delivered by Flagler County Emergency Management, Flagler County Fire Rescue, and Flagler Volunteer Services through-out the year. This course covers:
  • Disaster Preparedness                            
  • Fire Suppression
  • Medical Operations                               
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • Psychology and Team Organization       
  • Disaster Simulation

CERT Basic Course (25-30 hours)
Held at the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center:
                              1769 E. Moody Boulevard
                              Building 3
                              Bunnell, FL 32110


TRAINING SESSIONS
Due to COVID-19 we have evolved our program to be a two-part hybrid online / classroom offering.
You must complete the online program prior to being approved to attend the in-person skill sessions listed below.
In order to graduate you must complete the online program and attend all in-person sessions.


REGISTRATION & PART 1 ONLINE TRAINING
The online portion is offered continuously, you may register at any time.
You can register by Clicking Here


PART 2: IN-PERSON SKILL & ACTIVITY SESSIONS
Once you have provided your online course completion certificate to CERT@FlaglerVolunteer.org,
you will be scheduled for one of the upcoming In-person skill & activity sessions.

 

Winter-1 2020

Winter-2 2021

Spring 2021

Online Course Completion Deadline

December 1

February 1

March 1

Welcome & Intro / Group Assignments
Unit 1: Disaster Preparedness
Unit 2: Team Organization

Tuesday
December 8
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday
February 16
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday
March 16
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Unit 3: Disaster Medical Skills Part 1
Unit 4: Disaster Medical Skills Part 2


Thursday
December 10
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Thursday
February 18
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Thursday
March 18
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Unit 5: Psychology Skills
Unit 7: Search & Rescue Part 1
Unit 8: Terrorism Skills

Tuesday
December 15
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday
February 23
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday
March 23
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Unit 3 Disaster Medical Part 3
Unit 6 Fire & Rescue
Unit 7 Search & Rescue Part 2

Thursday
December 17
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday
February 25
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday
March 25
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Disaster Simulation / Graduation

Thursday
January 14, 2021
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday, March 30
and Thursday, April 1


In order to attend, students will be required to wear a cloth face covering
and abide by any applicable social distancing rules in place when inside the classroom facility