Northwest Citizen Corps Expo
Over a decade ago, about 75 enthusiastic CERT volunteers came out to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Snohomish County, for the day. That memorable day, in 2003, was the first CERT Expo. The CERT Expo evolved to include continuing education sessions in the morning and participation by volunteers in a disaster exercise in the afternoon. In 2005, the CERT Expo expanded and moved to the Everett Community College. Our intrepid volunteers spread the word about the Expo and, in 2007, the Expo moved to the Washington State Fire Training Academy, in North Bend, to accommodate the growing participation of CERT volunteers from across the state. Children’s Hospital and the State Citizen Corps joined us as partners which allowed us to extend our offerings. The focus was on skill refreshers through training and disaster exercises.
Since 2008, the Expo has expanded to include Citizen Corps partners and affiliates from across the northwest: including participants from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Alaska and Canada.