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Under the leadership of the Westshore Council of Governments and Advisory Committee “the

Community Emergency Response Team

(CERT) Program educates people about

disaster preparedness for 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. Using the training learned in

the classroom and during exercises, CERT

members can assist others in their

neighborhood or workplace following an

event when professional responders are

not immediately available to help. CERT

members also are encouraged to support

emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in

their community” (http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/). 

The WSC is a nonprofit, tax deductible organization under the Westshore Council of

Governments. While the cities support the team in many ways, all equipment, supplies, and

training needs are met through grants and donations.

Westshore CERT TV PSA by former coordinator


Westshore Council of Governments

Mayor Paul Koomar, City of Bay Village

Mayor Eileen Patton, City of Fairview Park

Mayor Michael Summers, City of Lakewood

Mayor Kevin Kennedy, City of North Olmsted

Mayor Pamela Bobst, City of Rocky River

Mayor Dennis Clough, City of Westlake

Renee Mahoney, Fiscal Officer

Advisory Committee

Staff Advisor: Tony Raffin, Chief of Fire, City of Fairview


Staff Coordinator: Julie Morron

Bay Village Unit Representative: (Position open)

Fairview Park Unit Representative: Karen Altmos and

Gerty Delfs

Lakewood Unit Representative: Jessica Cotton, John

Saunders and Karen Matter

North Olmsted Unit Representative: Cynthia McGinty and

John Moody

Rocky River Unit Representative: Jon Silvis

Westlake Unit Representative: Dennis Kucler


The vision of the Westshore Regional CERT is to make our communities safer, stronger, and

better prepared to be both disaster resistant and disaster resilient.


The Westshore Regional CERT shall 

serve our communities by acting as an

extension of emergency response when

needs outweigh professional resources

and by promoting disaster preparedness.

We will fulfill our mission through

continuing team recruitment and training,

public education, and community

volunteer service.


Preparedness: Individually, we will take reasonable disaster and emergency preparedness

measures for the safety and resiliency of ourselves and our families. We will encourage

others to do the same through both personal relationships and team activities.

Service: We pledge to serve our region, whether government agencies, responders, or

citizens, to the best of our ability and within the scope of our training to prevent, prepare for,

mitigate, and respond to emergencies and disasters. We pledge to serve all without bias or


Integrity: We will seek to meet national and local CERT goals with honesty, reliability,

accountability, and veracity.

Partnership: We will partner and collaborate within the team and with all applicable agencies

and individuals to accomplish preparedness and response goals.

Philosophy of Volunteer Involvement

The Community Emergency Response Team is a volunteer program. Therefore, the team

members are integral to the CERT concept. The Westshore Regional CERT plans to actively recruit,

train, implement, and maintain a cadre of volunteers because:

Professional responding agencies will never have enough resources to meet immediate

disaster-level needs. CERTs are a valuable extension of emergency services when the needs

outweigh resources.

By training citizens in disaster preparedness and response at the grassroots level, the CERT

program makes our neighborhoods and our nation more disaster resistant and disaster

resilient. Committed volunteers in organized teams greatly enhance this effect.

Encouragement and recommendations from fellow citizens is often more successful at

creating positive change in the community than that of government spokespersons or public

safety announcements.

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