About Us

LWR CERT helps the Lakewood Ranch Community become more resilient.

We sponsor community education sessions open to all Lakewood Ranch residents.

We train and prepare our members to step up before first responders arrive.

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LWR CERT 2024 Board of Directors

2024 Leadership


Jim Emanuelson

Dr. George Jenckes

Lisa Robbins

Jan Kuhn

Jim Hermiston

Bruce Bedford

Jim Curran

Robert Swiatek



Vice President


Director – Team Captains

Director – Responder Liaison

Director – Membership Development

Director – Community Outreach



2022 – 2024

2024 – 2026

2024 – 2026

2023 – 2025

2023 – 2025

2022 – 2024

2022 – 2024

Graduation Photo of LWR CERT Members
One of the first graduating class photos of LWR CERT members

Our History

In 2006, LWR CERT was established under a special Department of Homeland Security and FEMA program as a volunteer organization of residents who receive special training to provide search and rescue, first aid, and radio communications support in response to disasters and emergencies when professional first responders may not be able to reach everyone as soon as help is needed.  We are part of the Manatee County Florida Disaster Response System.

Our organization was initially funded by a County grant and supported with a small budget from the Fire Department. After much planning and work, the first FEMA Basic Skills class of LWR residents graduated on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007.


Today, thanks to the efforts of countless Lakewood Ranch residents and support from the Lakewood Ranch Homeowners’ Associations of CEVA, SRVA, GBVA, and CCW, LWR CERT has more than 240 active members living throughout the Phase 1 area of LWR.

Our members stay active throughout the year attending member meetings, organizing public education events, running training sessions and working within their neighborhood teams. 

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