The CERT Program provides education about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact Bonita Springs and trains citizens in basic disaster response skills. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can be called upon to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are capable of supporting emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District CERT program is designed to support and integrate into disaster plans. The CERT program is intended to be a partnership between the district and local neighborhoods or Bonita Springs’ communities that will ultimately reduce the injury and property loss caused by major disasters.
Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., respectively and are taught at Bonita Springs Fire-Rescue Station Four at 27701 Bonita Grande Drive. After all 16 hours have been completed you are eligible to be called-out to an emergency scene. There is no cost and there are no physical or age limitations. If you are interested, please fill out an application and return it to Bonita Springs Fire Station Four at 27701 Bonita Grande Drive, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135.
For more information, call CERT Coordinator Nicole Hornberger at (239) 949-6228.
Other helpful links
- VillageWalk Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
- CERT Commonly Asked Questions
- Bonita Springs CERT page
- FEMA CERT Page
- Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District
- Lee County Hurricane Preparation Guide
- Advance Planning – links for flood hazards, LeeEvac apps, alerts and more
- Hurricane Family Plan – links for an emergency supply list and Family Emergency Plan
- Impending Hurricane – links for Evacuation Zones, Shelters, Weather Forecasting and more
- After the Storm – links to FEMA, Salvation Army, FPL info, search for people/pets, and more
- Special Needs Program – The Special Needs Program is available to all Lee County residents at no cost. It provides shelter from a Tropical Storm or Hurricane for those who live in a home and/or area that is not safe from storm surge or wind and / or have medical needs that may need electricity after the storm who have no other safe place to go. It also provides transportation to a shelter for those residents who do not have a way to get there. You must register to receive these services by completing the Special Needs Program application.