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Putnam County CERT Aids the Community

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.


Putnam County CERT is a volunteer program aimed at supporting Putnam County's Emergency Response Organizations. The volunteers are often seen at community events, such as directing traffic for the Putnam County Fair Parade. They also supply weather alerts, so each emergency response team is as prepared as possible to aid their communities.


According to Putnam County CERT Chief, Sarah Owen, the Putnam County CERT team currently has just over 80, well trained, volunteers. These volunteers receive training in a variety of fields from search and rescue, to fire safety, weather safety, and so much more. Volunteers train in the areas that interest them and are then paired with the volunteer opportunities in those areas.


If you are interested in volunteering, or simply want to know more, you can visit the Putnam County CERT team on their Facebook page at, emailing Chief Sarah Owen at, or by visiting one of their monthly meetings, held the second Monday of each month, 7:00 pm at the Putnam County EOC, located at 1600 W CO RD 225 S.