Emergency Preparedness and Response

State and local public health departments play an extremely important role in emergency preparedness and response. Public Health professionals within these departments should have immediate access to guidance and information that will assist in rapidly establishing priorities and undertaking necessary actions during the response to an emergency or disaster.

The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services (EEHS), Environmental Public Health Readiness Branch (EPHRB) has developed an all-hazards public health emergency response guide to address this need.

What can you do to help???

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a group of local volunteers who come together during times of need to help citizens of Decatur County. CERT is a nonprofit, volunteer emergency organization that provides assistance to Decatur County emergency management services in case of natural disasters, terrorism, crime, public health issues, and other medical emergencies . . . and to help our communities be safer. Team members promote, educate, and provide skills which enable citizens to protect themselves, their families, homes and businesses. Activities we may assist with include: shelters during disasters/storms, "aftermath" cleanup after a disaster/storm, door-to-door checking, assisting elderly with smoke detectors/weather radio setup/battery changes, and much more.

CERT provides CERT Training, 1st Aid/CPR, Storm Spotter, etc., as training opportunities. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Shelley Bickel (641-446-6518) or Jessica Conley (641-203-6545. Please visit for more information.