Cobb County Government


Cobb County Government will open as usual Monday, but everyone is urged to use caution. Cobb and Marietta Schools are closed Monday.

Be Prepared for Winter Weather


Initial Training

Upcoming Classes - Join today!

To sign up, fill out the application below and send it, as well as a copy of your driver's license, to Kimberly Repak via e-mail at or via fax at 770-499-4558.

CERT Initial Training Application

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their areas and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhoods or workplaces following events when professional responders are not immediately available to help.


CERT training consists of the following:

  • Emergency Preparedness: Addresses hazards to which people are vulnerable in their communities. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during, and after disasters.
  • Fire Safety: Briefly covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards, and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up situations, controlling utilities, and extinguishing small fires.
  • Medical Operations Part I: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstructions, bleeding, and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
  • Medical Operations Part II: Covers evaluating patients by doing head-to-toe assessments, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size up, search techniques, rescue techniques, and most important, rescuer safety.
  • Disaster Psychology and Team Organization: Participants learn about problems in organizing teams under emergency conditions and operating a neighborhood command post. Students learn concepts of resource procurement and allocation, disaster psychology, damage assessment, and documentation.
  • Terrorism and CERT: Focuses on CERT operations before a disaster such as long-term planning, how to organize a neighborhood, evaluate available resources, and identify people with special needs.

If you have any questions about the classes, or if you would like to enroll, please email or call 770-499-4567. The EMA office will be happy to assist with any questions.


Cobb County CERT Training Schedule for 2017
Month Day(s) Length Time Slot Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5 Session 6 Session 7 Session 8
JAN Tue & Thu 3 hours each 6:00pm - 9:00pm 1/10 1/12 1/17 1/19 1/24 1/26 1/31 2/2
FEB     NO CLASS                
MAR Sat 7 hours each 9:00am - 5:00pm 3/4 3/11 3/25 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
APR     NO CLASS                
MAY Tue & Thu 3 hours each 6:00pm - 9:00pm 5/9 5/11 5/16 5/18 5/23 5/25 5/30 6/1
JUN Sat 7 hours each 9:00am - 5:00pm 6/10 6/17 6/24 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
JUL Summer Break
AUG Sat 7 hours each 9:00am - 5:00pm 8/12 8/19 8/26 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
SEP Tue & Thu 3 hours each 6:00pm - 9:00pm 9/5 9/7 9/12 9/14 9/19 9/21 9/26 9/28
OCT Sat 7 hours each 9:00am - 5:00pm 10/7 10/14 10/21 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
NOV Sat 7 hours each 9:00am - 5:00pm 11/4 11/11 11/18 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
DEC Winter Break


Basis Course Layout for the Tuesday and Thursday Evening Classes (January, March, May, and September)
Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5 Session 6 Session 7 Session 8
Paperwork/Overview Fire Safety Medical Operations 1 Medical Operations 2 Search and Rescue Disaster Psychology CERT & Terrorism Skill Review
Disaster Preparedness       CERT Organization     Disaster Exercise


Basic Course Layout for the All-Day Saturday Classes (February, April, June, August, October, and November)
Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Paperwork/Overview Medical Operations 2 Disaster Psychology
Disaster Preparedness Search and Rescue Skill Review
Fire Safety CERT Organization Disaster Exercise
Medical Operations 1 CERT & Terrorism Graduation