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 You can make a difference.  Join the Hall County Community Emergency Response Team
To learn more, email or call 308-385-5360


You Can Make A Difference. Volunteer Today!

The strength of any community’s emergency or disaster response lies not only with the expertise and skill of emergency responders but also requires active public involvement and volunteerism. Emergency volunteer service has seen a renewed interest following incidents of local and national significance. It is important to recognize that you can make a difference in our community by volunteering with any one of our local public safety and disaster organizations.

Hall County Citizen Corps Council

Local Citizen Corps Councils help drive local citizen participation by coordinating disaster volunteer programs, developing community action plans, assessing possible threats and identifying local resources.

The Hall County Citizen Corps Council is a partnership between government agencies, volunteer partners, and other invested organizations. Citizen Corps Councils promote local campaigns for: 

  • Public Outreach: Encouraging household or business preparedness plans and disaster supplies kits, observing health and safety practices, implementing disaster mitigation measures, and participating in crime prevention and reporting. 
  • Training: Classes in emergency preparedness, response capabilities, first aid, CPR, fire suppression, and search and rescue procedures. This also includes the establishment of Citizen Corps Volunteer Programs. 
  • Volunteer Service: Promoting, scheduling, and managing volunteer activities that support first responders, disaster relief groups, and community safety organizations.

Local Volunteer Opportunities


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using their training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and can take a more active role in preparing their community.

For more information about CERT and upcoming courses email cert@grand-island.com or call 308-385-5360.


The Teen CERT program offers youth ages 13 to 19 with the same CERT training as the adult CERT program, and adds activities that will explore career and volunteer opportunities in public safety like law enforcement, fire service, EMS, 911 communications, emergency management, and much more.  

For information on the Teen CERT program, email teencert@grand-island.com, or call 308-385-5360.






American Red Cross – Central Plains Chapter 

The Central Plains Chapter of the American Red Cross performs a critical role in central Nebraska by providing aid and support to people at times of urgent need. The Central Plains Red Cross meets the needs of the public with dedicated volunteers and staff who are professional, prepared and committed to the tradition of providing supreme service delivery to our communities.

The Red Cross provides emergency communication between the military and their families; trains individuals and businesses in CPR and First Aid; collects, processes and distributes blood to area hospitals; and responds to disasters including house or apartment fires and other natural and man-made disasters.



The Central Nebraska Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program strengthens communities by helping medical, public health and other volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year as well as during local emergencies and other times of community need. MRC volunteers work in coordination with local emergency response programs and also supplement community public health initiatives, such as outreach, prevention, immunization programs, blood drives, case management, and other efforts.




Grand Island REACT provides public service communications to individuals, organizations, and government agencies to save lives, prevent injuries, and give assistance wherever and whenever needed. 

REACT strives to establish a monitoring network of trained volunteer citizen-based communicators using any and all available means to deliver the message.

Grand Island REACT: 308-384-0343 
Nebraska State Council of REACT Teams: 308-379-7570