Platte County is offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training June 10, 11 and 18 in Kansas City.


This training provides basic information about how to assist yourself and those around you after an emergency occurs.

Click here to listen to KMZU’s Shelby Flynn talk with Deputy Mike O’Neal:

“CERT basically gives an individual enough knowledge to care of themselves and their family in the first 48 to 72 hours in a disaster,” said Deputy Mike O’Neal, assistant emergency management coordinator for Platte County. “This could be anything ranging from tornadoes to severe weather to droughts; anything of that nature that would encumber hardships.”

O’Neal encourages anyone of any age group to receive training, especially families with younger children.

“Families that have children 16 or 17 years of age and younger, we would like to have them do it as a whole, that way they understand the things we’re doing and the children understand what they can and can’t do. [Ages] 18 and over can basically come in and do it on their own,” O’Neal said. “We’ve had folks up to 78 years of age attend the training and be able to do it.”

This training has been offered since 2003, and O’Neal says it is offered to anyone who would like to attend. During the course, participants will learn about Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Fire Suppression, Disaster Medical Operations Part 1 and Part 2, Light Search and Rescue, CERT Organization, and how to take care of yourself and your family first before helping your neighbors.

Participants are asked to wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and to be prepared to participate in activities.

Training will take place June 10, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and June 11 and 18, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Platte County Resource Center, located at 11724 NW Plaza Circle, in Kansas City, Mo. There is no cost to attend, and participants only have to register for the Friday event.

“Remember, when you call 9-1-1 and you get a busy signal, you’ll know there’s a lot of people out there requesting the help of fire, police, and EMS,” said O’Neal. “You might not get that quick response, so you should be able to take care of yourself and your family.”

For more information about CERT training and to check out and register on the event calendar, visit