Knowledge Base 2.0

Cold Weather Preparation and Equipment

  • Author: Randy James
  • Date: 2021 January 20
  • Summary: This presentation provides cold weather recommendations to prepare for such operations. Includes clothing tips, emergency medical information related to cold weather, communication considerations and other tips.

Drive Through Vaccinations COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

  • Author: Randy James
  • Date: 2021 January 26
  • Summary: This presentation discusses the logistics of drive-through events, traffic management and provides a planning model.


  • Author: Prairie State CERT Challenge Committee
  • Date: 2020 Prairie State CERT Challenge Handout
  • Summary: Detailed list of topics that keep volunteers engaged.

Incident Management Overview

  • Author: Mike Moos
  • Date: 2022 March 22
  • Summary: This presentation provides a summary explanation of NIMS, ICS, EOCs, EOPs, IAPs and Position Specific Training through National Standards.


  • Author: Mike Moos
  • Date: 2022 February 28
  • Summary: This is a list of internet links to different institutions and organizations that offer good resource information and/or training. The list includes hot links to these sites.

Long Term Sustainability for CERT Programs

  • Author: Dan Martin
  • Date: 2022 February 25
  • Summary: This presentation discusses the myriad of training, activities and functions that keep CERT Teams engaged.

Risk/Crises Management and the Media

  • Author: Vincent T. Covello, PhD.
  • Date: 2003
  • Summary: Dr. Covello’s well known handout titled: Risk & Communication: 77 Questions Commonly Asked by Journalists During a Crises.


  • Author: Randy James
  • Date: June 2022
  • Summary: The application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service.

Step by Step Process to Starting a CERT Team

  • Authors: Trish Billings and Michelle Hanneken
  • Date: 2021 November 16
  • Summary: CERT Association of Illinois Informational Bulletin provides “Step-by-Step” recommendations for starting a CERT Team.

Tools and Best Practices to Fight Flooding

  • Author: Randy James
  • Date: 2023 February 28
  • Summary: This presentation provides information on planning and supporting flooding activities including some of the roles where CERT can assist the community during a flooding event.  It includes personal experiences and learnings from flood events, best practices for building sandbag levees, and even provides tips for keeping your home sump pumps working.

2020 Prairie State CERT Challenge

  • Author: Trish Billings and Richard Frizelis
  • Date: Summer 2020
  • Summary: Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Challenge was a Zoom virtual event. This presentation was used during the event.