The CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program is operated under the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

CERT members are volunteers who have been trained to help the community prepare for and respond to disasters.  Using training learned in the classroom and during hands-on exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Afterwards, they can help the transition to professionals as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

The Walden’s Ridge Community Center CERT effort was jump-started by the shock of the weather disaster that struck the area on April 27, 2011, when an EF4 tornado struck the mountain at Pitts Gap and tore a path of pain and destruction to Spring City, leading to the deaths of four people. Many more lives were disrupted; families lost their homes and their possessions. Local authorities valiantly responded but were overwhelmed by the scope of the disaster. It became clear that in the future we need to be better prepared.

CERT volunteers are trained and certified in disaster medical operations and light search and rescue, and can assist professionals in helping to save lives.

The CERT mission for disaster response is:

“Do the most good for the most people”

The Walden’s Ridge Community Center CERT consists of about 15 trained responders who meet regularly to train and maintain a state of readiness. We are here for YOU.