City Volunteers - C.E.R.T.

The City of Independence has partnered with the communities of Brooklyn Heights, Seven Hills, and Valley View to form Quad City CERT.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

phototThe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program instructs our residents in disaster preparedness and trains them in basic emergency response skills. One of the major advantages of becoming a trained CERT volunteer is that an individual who has received the required Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Volunteers who go through CERT training better understand potential threats to their home, workplace and community, and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of those hazards on themselves, their homes, their neighborhoods, or workplace. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects, such as Home Days or the Independence Day Celebration to improve the safety of the community.

Our volunteers have been activated a number of times to assist in "real" emergencies. Some have been deployed to areas of the country that experienced major damage due to natural disasters, such as hurricanes in Florida and Louisiana. Our members have been deployed to help in the administration of vaccines. They have also been activated to help with local flooding due to severe weather.

You can find more information about CERT at