Activation History

During a time of disaster or even extreme cold, the CERT shelter team will either assist the Red Cross with county sheltering needs and/or open up one of our own pet friendly shelters. Please note, all pets are sheltered in a separate location with minimal to no involvement from our volunteers. Owners are escorted to our pet shelter area and are responsible for placing their animal in the correct boarding environment (kennel). During a shelter activation, we have trained Disaster Animal Response Team members assist with animal sheltering, our Ham Radio Operators assist with communications to the EOC (if needed) while our shelter volunteers address other sheltering duties. While we have always assisted with sheltering, we made it a part of our program when we decided to offer cold weather shelters and co person/pet sheltering.

Since CERT began, we have assisted or administered shelter assignments.  Since officially incorporating sheltering into a service we offer, we've purchased 4 shelter kits, 2 shelter trailers, and our DART trailer to assist with Pet Friendly sheltering.  Below is a list of our activation history.


3rd Wednesday/Every Month

Instructor - Various

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month we have an in-service that focuses on one or several areas of CERT response, including sheltering.

So far, CERT sheltering has administer or assisted with the following shelter incidents:

  1. March 2-3, 2009 - Assisted Red Cross with Sheltering

  2. February 22, 2012 - Assist Red Cross with Sheltering

  3. January 6-7, 2014 - Cold Weather Shelter - Pet Friendly

  4. February 12-13, 2014 - Winter Storm Shelter - Pet Friendly

  5. February 18-19, 2014 - Cold Weather Shelter - Pet Friendly

  6. January 22-24, 2015 - Cold Weather Shelter - Pet Friendly

  7. January 22-24, 2015 - Cold Weather Shelter - Pet Friendly

  8. January 5-6, 2017 @ High Point Academy - Pet Friendly

  9. January 30-31, 2017 - Spartanburg First Baptist

  10. October 23-25, 1017 – Tornado – Shelter at First Baptist Spartanburg

  11. December 24-25, 2017 – Apartment Fire – Shelter at First Baptist Spartanburg

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