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Mission Statement
To provide information and training on disaster preparedness, support for first responders, provide leadership and coordination for volunteers, and provide post-emergency assistance to victims.
Community volunteers and emergency services officials have teamed up in an effort to improve our ability to meet any emergency throughout Hays County. Sponsored county-wide by the Hays County Office of Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Office, CERT is organized into six teams serving each section of the County.

A component of the Department of Homeland Security, CERT was introduced to the county in February 2003 and now has nearly 100 members.
It is providing backup for:
  • Volunteer Fire Departments
  • EMS
  • Hays County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hays County Office of Emergency Management, and Centex Chapter of the American Red Cross.

CERT members receive training and support from leaders of each of those organizations.

In addition to its emergency response mission, CERT is also providing non-emergency support at community not-for-profit events such as:

  • Lions Market Day
  • Dripping Springs Founders Day
  • Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and
  • the Buda Fire Fest.

Volunteers are needed. Those wishing to join the Hays County CERT team must be county residents, over 18, and complete an application form. If accepted for the program, applicants must complete a FEMA-prescribed CERT introductory course.

To see when the next class begins, click here for the latest CERT News & Events.

For additional information, please click here to email CERT.

- Updated by Lewis Smith -



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