Community Emergency Response Teams

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) members are trained in life-saving skills, with emphasis on decision-making ability, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Members are also trained to provide emergency preparedness information in their neighborhoods. Trained individuals and teams are ready to provide immediate assistance to victims and their families when professional emergency responders may not be able to reach everyone right away. These individuals assist professional responders when they arrive. CERT members are fully trained to assist the MCHD and other community agencies as appropriate during emergencies affecting the community. For more information, please call us at (217) 423-6988 ext: 1133. Volunteer applications can be submitted via email to or sent to the MCHD Attention: Nichole Broadhacker at 1221 N. Condit St., Decatur, IL 62521.