2021 National CERT Conference

To build and enhance the capabilities of CERT Teams everywhere!

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the 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. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.

Please Note! If you are registering for a “Pre-Conference Class”, you may ONLY choose ONE!


Register before April 30, 2021 and receive a free challenge coin!


Conference Date and Location:

Pre Conference Dates: July 12 -14

Main Conference: July 15-17th

Springfield, MO

Hotel Reservations: 
Please contact the OASIS Hotel directly to secure your room at 1-888-532-4338.

Springfield, Missouri at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center
For Hotel Reservations call  1-888-532-4338.


ATTENTION!: For the conference, you cannot reserve online!!


CERT Award Nominations

National and Local Missouri Award Information


Conference Sponsors

See who is supporting the Nationwide CERT Program!


Hotel Information

Oasis Hotel & Convention Center


We are happy to announce that everyone who has registered for the conference by April 30, 2021 will receive a free limited edition conference challenge coin!

Contact Us

CERT@christiancountymo.gov
(417) 582-5400


Presenting Sponsor




Missouri State Emergency Management



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Exhibitor Information


Event Sponsorship Information


Course Instructors

Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols

Mr. Nichols is an MSU Extension Program Assistant and serves as the State Program Manager for Mississippi Citizen Corps of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, which oversees the CERT…

Dr. C. Ryan Akers

Dr. C. Ryan Akers

Dr. Akers is an Associate Extension Professor of Community Preparedness and Disaster Management with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. He focuses on statewide and regional community preparedness, resilience, and…

David Teska

David Teska

David L. Teska, CEM, Regional Sector Outreach Coordinator, CISA Region VII David L. Teska currently serves as the CISA Region VII Sector Outreach Coordinator (RSOC) where he coordinates critical infrastructure…

Rodney Lockett

Rodney Lockett

Rodney E. Lockett, Chief of Chemical Security Rodney Lockett joined the Department of Homeland Security in July 2009. In January 2018, he was assigned as the Chief of Regulatory Compliance…

Chad Gard

Chad Gard

Animal Cruelty Investigator, Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force Chad Gard retired from the US Marine Corps after 21 years as a Mo-tor Transport Operator completing four Combat…

Duncan Shaw

Duncan Shaw

Professor of Operational Research and Critical Systems, University of Manchester, UK Duncan is Professor in Operational Research and Critical Systems (Alliance Manchester Business School) at the University of Manchester. He…