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|About||As demonstrated by a variety of man-made and natural events that have already occurred during the 21st century, it is imperative that we help prepare residents and respond to emergencies.|
|Mission||CERT's mission is to facilitate the development of a community-based disaster response plan for the City of Laurel to ensure the city is prepared for any type of emergency. CERT supports Laurel’s disaster planning by coordinating with other agencies, developing tabletop exercises, reviewing disaster plans, and enhancing communication.|
CERT trains and organizes teams of volunteers that provide assistance to the citizens of Laurel before, during, and after disasters. CERT volunteers help others following disasters when professional responders are not immediately available to help, and supplement and support the efforts of professional responders upon their arrival.
CERT volunteers also support emergency response departments by organizing and participating in local preparedness projects and initiatives.
The CERT program educates participants about how to prepare for hazards that may impact their communities and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.