Search & Rescue

Shelter Foundation provides qualified search and rescue personnel to respond when disasters strike.



Shelter Foundation's Emergency Response Teams (SERT) focus on being prepared for any emergency. This demands knowing what to do in a variety of difficult situations and how to react in a high pressure environment. Most people are not prepared to deal with even the most minor medical emergencies. Whether due to disaster or encountered in everyday life, they may experience problems. After a major emergency, citizens will come forth in groups to help. Unfortunately, without properly training these people can expose themselves to potential injury and even death.



In the aftermath of a major disaster such as a hurricane, emergency crews are quickly overwhelmed, causing delays of hours or even days.


Shelter Emergency Response Teams are Shelter Foundation's first wave of volunteers to enter areas that have been affected by major disasters. SERT members work in conjunction with first responders in a supplemental capacity, assisting local, state, and federal response to disasters.


This is why Shelter Foundation requires all SERT members to meet the following initial basic requirements:


  • Background Check
  • Basic First Aid and CPR Training
  • Self-sustaining


These basic requirements are the bare minimum required by Shelter Foundation to deploy as a SERT member.


Additional certifications will be required depending on the severity of the disaster situation and position held by SERT member within the team.

Examples of additional training and certification:


  • National Incident Management System training for First Responders
  • Federal Community Emergency Response Team training
  • HazMat


Shelter Foundation SERT team applications are open to qualified applicants.,


Active duty, first responders and veterans preference is exercised in team placement and position availability.



Disaster Response does not end after the last bottle of water or ration of food is distributed.


As the disaster goes from a rescue scenario into a recovery scenario, Shelter Emergency Response Team Leaders are responsible for disseminating information to SHELTER staff and volunteers, to ensure that a Continuum of Care (CoC) plan is well informed and ready to be optimized to the region's needs Shelter Foundation Emergency Response Teams will then hand over operations to SHELTER personnel.