CERT Mobilization Instructions

In the event of a mobilization for an emergency, disaster, or training, please follow the procedure below to reduce the likelihood of injury while increasing your effectiveness as a responder.

For mobilization updates check the website www.ashlandcert.org
call 541-552-CERT (2378) or tune to 1700 AM.

ACTIVATING THE PHONE TREE.You may receive a phone call with specific instructions from a person above you in the phone tree. You may also be asked to help activate the phone tree by calling others on your phone branch. See the links below for Phone Tree Activation Procedures.




CERT ICS Forms are available by clicking on the links below:

ICS 204 Assignment List; FORM / SAMPLE | ACERT 211 SIGN-IN; FORM / SAMPLE 
ICS 214 Activity Log; FORM / SAMPLE | ACERT 309 Communication Log; FORM / SAMPLE


1. Gather information. Listen carefully to the mobilization message or other disaster message such as 1700 AM and write down details like what, where, when, and why.
2. Secure yourself, your family, pets, and home first. You are an ineffective responder if you are preoccupied with concerns about your family's wellbeing.
3. Make a safety assessment of your neighborhood. Make certain you are able to mobilize safely and determine there is not a more significant need for help in your own neighborhood before mobilizing somewhere else.
4. Prepare your equipment. Make certain you have your CERT I.D., helmet, vest and ready pack with water and food since you may be mobilized for 48-72 hours with no support. Don't forget to let family members know where you are going. Bring your two-way radio (if you have one) and cell phone even if the cell system is down.
5. Respond safely. If able to respond, put on your vest and hardhat and mobilize to the assembly area designated by the emergency message or in the event of a widespread disaster to your area base.


1. Sign In. The first thing all CERT members must do is sign in.  This is required to maintain accountability of our people and serves an important role in safety.
2. Await Assignment. Sometimes CERT members must await an assignment while CERT leadership assesses where best to apply CERT as a resource. There are also safety assessments that must be completed. During down time, conduct refresher training on radios/communications and continue to prepare your equipment. For your own safety NEVER attempt to participate in an emergency event alone, and always follow the directions of CERT leaders and professional emergency responders.


ALWAYS BRING: CERT I.D., hard hat, vest, ready pack, work gloves, flashlight, eye and ear protection, pen and paper, whistle, wrench/utility shut-off tool, multi-knife tool, N95 mask, Nitrile gloves, cell phone, food such as a few energy bars, several liters of water, and a personal first aid kit. Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts, closed shoes.
Search and Rescue: Bring your GPS and 2 way radio (if you have them), two lights sources (headlamp, flashlight), whistle, comfortable hiking boots, wide brim hat, sun screen, and bug spray. You probably will not need your hard hat unless directed otherwise.
Sandbag Filling: Rain pants, rain jacket, foam work gloves, sturdy water resistant boots, CERT helmet, vest, and ID badge.
Emergency Shelter Operation: Sleeping bag, pad and pillow, personal toiletries, plain warm clothes, book/magazines. 


Stand Down: means CERT is released from a Mobilization or Mobilization Alert and reverts back to "inactive training status."
Mobilization Alert: also called "alert" means a CERT mobilization is imminent, and CERT members have been asked to prepare for mobilization.
Mobilization: pursuant to ICS terminology, it is the process and procedures used to respond to or support an incident. During a mobilization CERT members are requested to assemble at particular location at a specified time.
Demobilization: orderly, safe, and efficient release CERT members and other incident resources.
Activation: pursuant to ICS terminology, CERT activates things like the phone tree and winter shelters, however, during an incident resources are mobilized such as CERT members, Firefighter Task Forces, and helicopters. In some circumstances we may activate CERT members to do special work such as calling members of their phone tree for updates, or checking on neighbors in their neighborhood.
Self-Mobilization: is the process used by CERT members to respond to or support an incident that is in their neighborhood, or so widespread that a formal mobilization order has not been issued in which case the need to help one's neighbors is apparent. Under no circumstances should CERT members Self-Mobilize anywhere but within their neighborhood or to their own base.

See the FEMA glossary here for more definitions.

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