The mission of the Phelps Health Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is to provide assistance to our community and to support the professional response agencies through a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations as a result of accomplishing specific training in basic disaster response skills.
The goals of the Phelps Health Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are as follows:
- To assist Phelps County and its citizens during any emergency or disaster in the recovery process through basic disaster/emergency response
- To develop and train an all-volunteer staff of passionate local citizens who are willing to act in response of a disaster or emergency
- To educate citizens to be better prepared to take care of themselves and their families, friends and neighbors in the event of an emergency or disaster
- To perform projects that will improve our community’s preparedness
The Phelps Health CERT team was formally established on October 1, 2010. We support the counties that make up Missouri Region I in the event of an emergency or disaster which include the following: Phelps, Crawford, Dent, Laclede, Pulaski and Maries.
The primary mission of the Phelps Health CERT is to support the Mass Casualty Incident Trailer in the event it must deploy to one of the counties in MO Region I.
CERT training is designed to prepare individuals to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using CERT training to save lives and protect property.
Since 1993, when this training was first made available nationally by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico have conducted CERT training.