Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT Fact Sheet

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that East Baton Rouge Parish may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT Volunteers:

  • Learn how to safely respond to man-made and natural hazards;
  • Help organize basic disaster response; and
  • Promote preparedness within their communities.

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.

CERT enlist volunteers from the community to assist Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in recovery efforts after disasters. The CERT Program will help alleviate first responders in recovery efforts by freeing up manpower for first responders to focus on more pertinent tasks during recovery efforts. CERT volunteers will receive training in different aspects of the First Responder Field from EMS, Fire Department, and Law Enforcement. 

The next CERT trainings will be held on Saturdays September 10th and 24th

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This FREE 16 hour course can help save lives and protect property. It is designed to empower members with the tools to prepare for, respond to, and assist during natural or man-made disasters. Drinks, Snacks, Lunch and All Materials provided. 


CERT Volunteers aim to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people, they are the help before help arrives. 

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