Medina County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
Medina CountyOffice of Emergency Management& Homeland Security

Community Emergency Response Team

Mission Statement

To foster community preparedness and resiliency by recruiting, organizing, training, and preparing volunteers to support local response to disasters and other emergency situations in Medina County; and to promote community disaster preparedness through public education and community outreach. 



Team Leader: Daniel Sutliff

Program Manager: Matt Sturgeon 


Established in 2002, the Medina County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (MCEMA) Community Emergency Response Team (MCCERT) consists of dedicated volunteers who support the EMA, public safety, and other local response agencies during an emergency or disaster. They also promote hazard awareness in the county through public outreach. CERT volunteers work under the direct authority of MCEMA.

As a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the EMA’s Emergency Operations Center.
  • Participate in disaster exercises.
  • Work in the Emergency Operations Center or in the field during actual emergencies.
  • Conduct public-safety outreach at events.
  • Provide support to response agencies and organizations in the county.



  • Basic CERT Training
  • Volunteer Reception Center Management
  • Damage Assessment
  • Missing and Endangered Persons Response Support
  • Communications
  • Emergency Operations Center Support
  • Donations Management and Bulk Distribution
  • Administrative Functions
  • Logistical Support



  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Complete an approved volunteer hiring process, including a Criminal Background Screening
  • Upon hire, register in the Ohio Responds volunteer registration database and maintain registration requirements
  • Complete initial and on-going training as described in the Volunteer Handbook.
  • Possess a valid State of Ohio driver’s license, proof of insurance when requested, and a driving record suitable to county policy to operate a vehicle (personal or county owned) on county business. (If not able to do so, assignments that require valid driving rights will not be made for any MCCERT activities, but volunteer participation may be approved on an individual basis)
  • MCEMA is a drug-free organization, as per Resolution 17-0377 of the Medina County Policy Manual of the Medina County Board of Commissioners. Therefore, the use of illegal substances and misuse use of prescription medications is prohibited. Volunteers are also prohibited from being under the influence of alcohol for CERT activities. 
  • Perform required tasks with reasonable accommodation
  • Abide by the rules and procedures established by Medina County and MCEMA
  • Portray MCCERT in a professional manner and refrain from activities that would degrade or diminish the credibility of MCEMA.


MCEMA is always seeking committed volunteers to join our growing CERT. If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete the attached application and fax it or drop it off at the EMA. You can contact MCEMA at 330-722-9240 for more information regarding CERT or the application process.


Medina County EMA Volunteer Handbook
Medina EMA Volunteer Handbook 9 25 2019.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [832.4 KB]
Medina County EMA Volunteer Application
Medina EMA Volunteer Application.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [232.4 KB]

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Medina County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is a local government agency that provides support and coordination assistance to first responders for countywide emergency/disaster planning, education, warning, response, and recovery activities.

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