As demonstrated by a variety of man-made and natural events that have already occurred during the 21st century, it is imperative that we are prepared for any type of disaster or emergency. Located just outside of Washington, DC and near major communications infrastructure and military bases, Laurel citizens have unique reasons to be prepared for emergencies.

To help prepare residents and respond to emergencies, the City of Laurel has created a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT's mission is to facilitate the development of a community-based disaster response plan for the City of Laurel to ensure the city is prepared for any type of emergency. CERT supports Laurel’s disaster planning by coordinating with other agencies, developing tabletop exercises, reviewing disaster plans, and enhancing communication.