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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The CERT program of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office is comprised of two (2) programs: CERT and the Mounted Search and Rescue Team (MSaR).


CERT is a nationally recognized FEMA training program designed to improve community preparedness in the event of a disaster.

For more information on the Community Emergency Response Team, visit the FEMA website.


The Mounted Search and Rescue program does not teach basic riding/training lessons or how to care for your horse. The MSaR program improves upon the “basics” and works with skills and training needed for a volunteer search and rescue team.

Contact MSaR Team Leader Randall Creamer at

(864) 844-3571

or by email at

for more information.


CERT and MSaR team meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the monthly CERT and MSaR teams meeting to find out more about the programs.


Follow the link below to complete a preliminary application and to be contacted regarding future training opportunities with CERT.

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