Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.

CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the CERT training, citizens learn to:

  • manage utilities and put out small fires
  • treat the three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding and treating for shock
  • provide basic medical aid
  • search for and rescue victims safely
  • organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective
  • and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts

Why do the CERT Training? Well, it's like paying for car insurance. You might never need either; you'd hope not to. But if the occasion arises, having the CERT training, just like having car insurance, means you're as ready as you can be to help yourself, your family and your neighborhood.

CERT Training is provided free-of-charge through Hall County EMA under the direction of Hall County's Emergency Management Director.

If you are interested in becoming equipped to serve your family and neighbors in times of crisis please contact us for more information. You can also organize a class for your neighborhood, business or community group.

Hall County Emergency Management Office: 770-531-6838 or email

Announcement: Next CERT Class TBD

Send your questions to class@hall-cert.org for more info, or print and submit an application.

Download the Hall County CERT Application (PDF)

CERT Appreciation Dinner - February 3, 2011

Members of Hall County CERT enjoyed their appreciation dinner on Feb. 3 at the Georgia Mountains Center. William Wright, Hall County EMA Director (at right) provided all arrangements including a guest speaker from GEMA.