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

2021 Leadership

LWR CERT 2021 Board of Directors


Jim Emanuelson

Jan Kuhn

Deb Diven

Pat Knowles

Rich Raymond

David Cashbaugh

Valerie Stafford-Mallis

Alan Silverglat



Vice President








2019 – 2021

2020 – 2022

2019 – 2021

2021 – 2023

2019 – 2021

2021 – 2023

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

January 2021
January 2021
Feb 2021 Newsletter
February 2021
2021-03 Newsletter
March 2021
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April 2021
May 2021
June 2021
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July 2021 newsletter
July 2021
August Newsletter
August 2021
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September 2021
October 2021
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November Newsletter
November 2021
December Newsletter
December 2020
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