In the first three days following a disaster, emergency response personnel may be hindered in their efforts to help the community due to damaged or impassable roads, downed power lines, disrupted communication, and countless other issues. 

 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 Lawrence County CERT goal is to prepare citizens to be the first line of response in the event of an emergency by securing their own home and family, assisting their neighbors, and then working in the community in doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT members are trained and prepared to take an active role in providing critical support in a safe manner to emergency service personnel during emergencies/disasters.