Prairie State CERT Challenge

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Registration: 7:30am
Event: 9:00am-3:00pm
Times can vary depending on role

The 2015 Prairie State Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Challenge will be held at College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center located in Glen Ellyn. The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. 

This event, hosted by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), will be bringing 11 teams from the state of Illinois to test their skills in a simulated disaster situation. This event could not happen without the support of Volunteers. Volunteers are needed in various positions, including Registration - Greeters, working as Victims in role player situations, and Station Assistances.

If you are interested in helping out with this event, please fill out the forms below.  Volunteer assignments are listed on the Volunteer Registration form.  A Training will be available for assigned positions. As a volunteer, observing the CERT teams in action is inspiring to watch! If you have any questions please contact: Linda Trilling by email:

Registration Forms

Please do not be overwhelmed by the forms that need to be filled out. IEMA has required forms, as well does College of DuPage since we are using their facility. Thank you for your patience!

Volunteer Registration Form

This is the first form you will need to fill out to commit to the event. Please send to location on bottom of page.

Participant Release Form
College of DuPage Waiver Form
College of DuPage Registration Form
Oath Form

Please download and fill out these forms as they need to be signed. A Notary will be on site of the day of the event to notarize the required Oath form.

Send All Forms per Fax or Mail:

HandsOn Suburban Chicago
Attn: Linda Trilling
2121 S Goebbert Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Fax – 
Attn: Linda Trilling (847) 228-1327