Current Readiness Condition:

5 (Awareness)

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.

Hurricane Seminar

2020 Leadership

LWR CERT 2020 Board of Directors


Jim Emanuelson

Jan Kuhn

Deb Diven

Pat Knowles

Rich Raymond

John Rocco

Valerie Stafford-Mallis

Alan Silverglat

Dr. Rich Paul



Vice President







Medical Advisor


2019 – 2021

2020 – 2022

2019 – 2021

2018 – 2020

2019 – 2021

2020 – 2022

2020 – 2022



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 225 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. 

Public Newsletter Archive

2020-01 Newsletter
January 2020
February 2020 Newalwrrwe
February 2020
March 2020 Newsletter
March 2020
April 2020 Newsletter
April 2020
2020-05 Newsletter
May 2020
2020-06 Newsletter
June 2020
July 2020 Newsletter
July 2020
August 2020
2020-09 Newsletter
September 2020
2019-10 Public Newsletter
October 2019
November 2019
December 2019 Newsletter
December 2019
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