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Richland County RSVP Re-Activating CERT, Needing Volunteers


The Richland County Health Department Retired Senior Volunteer Program is re-activating the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to serve our neighbors. We are calling on all past and interested CERT member volunteers to see who would like to actively participate. We are looking for members from all backgrounds and experience levels to assist in a multitude of capacities.

What is the CERT?

Organized under the Richland County Health Department RSVP program & Citizen Corp program, the Richland County CERT is a volunteer program designed to help communities prepare for effective disaster response through training, planning and as a disaster response force multiplier.

We provide support to the City/County emergency responders, public health, and community organizations for local services such as; vaccination clinics, first aid booths, data collection, emergency response training/exercise event staff, Emergency Operations Center event staff, public education and outreach.

This program uses community volunteers to address community needs before, during and after any emergency. CERT member volunteers will be trained in both classroom and exercise formats. Once CERT members are trained, they will be able to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available, and only after their services are requested by the RSVP-CERT Team Leader. CERT members will be equipped with training and tools before any deployment of services.

The CERT team is always looking for volunteers ready to lend a helping hand!

CERT trainings will be free for participants. Please contact the RCHD-RSVP office at 406-433-2207, to sign-up and for training times.

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is a public service organization. The RSVP program is a volunteer organization that addresses the needs of the community by utilizing all age volunteers with a focus on senior volunteers.


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