Hurricane Season June through November

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Family Hurricane Preparation

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Welcome to the Lakewood Ranch Community Emergency Response Team





There are currently over 250 active and reserve CERT volunteers, organized into 28 neighborhood teams within the Lakewood Ranch community.


Lakewood Ranch CERT, established in 2006 under a special Department of Homeland Security and FEMA program, is a volunteer organization of neighbors who receive special training in emergency preparedness to deal with weather related events, natural disasters and every-day emergencies. Once their families are safe, CERT-trained residents have the skills to help their neighbors until professional responders arrive. We are part of the Manatee County, Florida disaster response system and are located in and serve the residents of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, midway between Bradenton and Sarasota on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast.


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  • Code Red is Manatee County’s new automatic notification system to alert residents to emergencies, hazmat incidents, terrorist incidents, severe weather alerts, Amber and Silver Alerts and national alerts.
  • Residents can choose to be alerted by multiple landline and cell telephone numbers, email numbers, text and social media.
  • Register for Code Red at www.mymanatee.org.

CERT Training is Not Only for Hurricane Preparation!

As we drove east bound in Chanhassen, we approached a street on our left where a car rolled through the stop sign and struck a man on a bicycle.

A Real-Life Experience by LWR CERT-Trained Member

“My wife and I were driving through Chanhassen, MN one afternoon, when we witnessed the following:

"As we drove east bound in Chanhassen, we approached a street on our left where a car rolled through the stop sign and struck a man on a bicycle. The sound of this man’s head bouncing off the hood of the car then out into the street was startling.  We immediately stopped and I called 911 as I ran over to the man on the ground.  As I started to describe the situation to 911 the man on the bicycle, who appeared to have special needs, got up and started yelling at me not to call the police, he wanted no medical help. I had already informed the officer on the line that this person appeared to have a head injury and was in shock.  However, the officer informed me if the person insisted on no medical assistance, they’d respect his wish and she hung up." 

“The man got up and starting walking away with his bike, got 20 feet away and fainted.  I called 911 again and said, ‘Look, I’ve had training with a Community Emergency Response Team in FL.  This man is in shock and is suffering from a head injury.  He just fainted again and he’s trying to walk away again.’  “Sir, we will have an officer in route, please stay at the scene.”

Without the CERT training, I doubt I would have known how to react and if I would have been so persistent with 911. I’m not aware how this story ended, but at least we got this man medical attention.
Mel Siler, Lakewood Ranch CERT Member

CERT Emergency Preparedness Training


The next opportunity for Lakewood Ranch Residents to participate in the
FREE CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training will begin April 16, 2015 and continue April 18th, 23rd and 25th at LWR Town Hall. Click Here to register or see the course description below for more information. Space is limited so join your neighbors and register NOW!
What the CERT Training Covers

CL_T_GR10pixl How threats from hurricanes, tornadoes, chemical and biological hazards and terrorism might impact our area, and how Lakewood Ranch CERT and government agencies are prepared to respond.

CL_T_GR How to prepare yourself and your family for disasters: If you evacuate, when to leave, where to go, what to bring with you. If you stay, how to shelter-in-place, what supplies to have on hand.

CL_T_GR10pixl Emergency first aid to keep the airway open, control bleeding, splint fractures, care for burns, recognize and treat physiologic shock.

CL_T_GR10pixl Fire safety in the home: How to use a fire extinguisher to put out small fires, how to shut off the household gas supply if there is a natural gas leak.

CL_T_GR10pixl How CERT members are organized to respond to disasters impacting their neighborhoods.
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Watch the Video

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Check this web site often for disaster information and preparedness resources. (See the sidebar on the right for more that is available on the web site.)
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October 2014 CERT course participants and instructors from East Manatee Fire Rescue.


There are currently over 250 active and reserve CERT volunteers, organized into 28 neighborhood teams within the Lakewood Ranch community.