Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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CERT member filling sandbagsThe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) includes 31 volunteer community members who are trained to help in the event of a disaster. This includes providing immediate assistance to victims, organizing volunteers and assisting in the collection of information to allow professional responders to better prioritize resources. In addition to disaster response, CERT members serve as a resource for community events where volunteers are needed for multiple roles.

In 2014, CERT members helped with sandbagging and a variety of other activities in response to spring flooding conditions along Minnehaha Creek.

To learn more about CERT or about volunteering with the program, contact Assistant Fire Chief Cary Smith at or 952.924.2171.


CERT is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program that supports the idea and importance of community volunteers and citizen preparation. The St. Louis Park Fire Department’s goal is to have 40 CERT members.