December 1, 2022

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERTCommunity Emergency Response Teams (CERT) have been around for a while, and Hand County had one previously.  Hand County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management are looking to revive the program.  CERT allows people to aid their communities during incidents and large events.  CERT is for non-first responders who want to be able to support their family, friends, and neighbors in the community when something happens.  CERT is purely volunteer based, but allows you to integrate and support first responders on large incidents as well as give you experience handling events that just might happen to you or your family.


As a member of CERT you will receive training in the following areas:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety and Utility Controls
  • Disaster Medical Operations (such as Triage/Life-Threatening Conditions/Public Health/Basic Treatment and Patient Evaluation)
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • CERT Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism and CERT

CERT 2If you used to be a fire fighter, but you can no longer do it because of the physical strain it puts on your body CERT might be for you.  If you use to be an EMT, but now have kids and can’t commit the time CERT might be for you too.  If you want to help make a difference in your community, but just haven’t found your nitch yet CERT might be your solution.  CERT is for anyone and everyone, and everyone can have a role to play during an incident from first aid to triage to volunteer management to documentation.  You can fill a role that best suits you and your talents and abilities.

The best part about CERT is that if you are not comfortable performing a task you will not be called upon to do so.  If you are not comfortable fighting fire then you will not be called upon to fight fire.  We want to put you through the training so that if ever needed you can fall back on it, but if out volunteering in your CERT capacity you aren’t comfortable doing something you just need to say so.  There is no shame in admitting you don’t feel comfortable with a task or plan.

If you have any questions about CERT or are interested in taking the CERT Program. Please contact the Hand County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management to inquire at 605-853-2408 or send us an e-mail at [email protected].