Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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“Don’t be scared, be prepared!" Thank you for your interest in the City of Balch Springs Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. We Hope this information helps answer your questions regarding the CERT program, how it will benefit you and your community, and what is involved in becoming a CERT volunteer. 

  1. CERT Mission
  2. CERT Training
  3. Benefit of CERT
  4. How to Apply

CERT Mission 


“To do the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people” 


What is CERT?


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates citizens regarding disaster preparedness relative to hazards that could impact our area, and provides basic disaster response skills training. These skills include fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Once trained, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhoods, workplace or in other communities following incidents when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in your community. CERT is one of five organizations that operate under the Citizens Corps, the nationwide grass roots movement that encourages all Americans to help make their communities – and the nation – safer, stronger, and better prepared for all types of hazards and threats through active volunteerism.