River Bend C.E.R.T.

The Town of River Bend has a functional and well trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Read on to learn more about CERT and consider becoming involved by taking the training and becoming prepared to respond in the event of an emergency. This team is a great resource in this community and always welcomes new members.

The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness with particular emphasis on hazards that may impact their area. It 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 are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.



  • Police Department Phone Number, Non Emergency

  • C.E.R.T. Officers

    River Bend CERT Officers


    Mary Holihan and Dana Donahue


    Mary Holihan

    Training Director

    Kelly Walker

    Equipment/Safety Directors
    Dick Mazziotti and Van Rice

    IT Support

    Sheila O'Neill

    Police Liaison

    Officer Acevedo

    Council Liaison

    Don Fogle

  • CERT Background from National CERT Website

    Background (from the national CERT website)

    The Community Emergency Response Team concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs. As a result, the LAFD created the Disaster Preparedness Division with the purpose of training citizens and private and government employees.

    The training program that LAFD initiated makes good sense and furthers the process of citizens understanding their responsibility in preparing for disaster. It also increases their ability to safely help themselves, their family and their neighbors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes the importance of preparing citizens. The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and the National Fire Academy adopted and expanded the CERT materials believing them applicable to all hazards.

    The CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it. This individual will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. Additionally, if a community wants to supplement its response capability after a disaster, civilians can be recruited and trained as neighborhood, business, and government teams that, in essence, will be auxiliary responders. These groups can provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources following a disaster. Since 1993 when this training was made available nationally by FEMA, communities in 28 States and Puerto Rico have conducted CERT training.

  • Consent for Emergency Contact Form

  • Community Watch

    to learn more about River Bend's Community Watch

  • Golf Cart Registration

    Golf Carts as Transportation

    River Bend residents may drive their properly equipped golf carts on Town streets provided that they are inspected by and registered with our Police Depart­ment. Inspection and registration are ­required annually. The registration fee for each golf cart is $10.

    A police officer will perform the initial inspection at your residence (so as not to require the illegal operation of the cart on Town streets). Subsequent annual inspections of a currently registered cart may be conducted at the Police Department.

    The police officer will complete the Golf Cart Registration­/Inspection form for your ­signature. The officer will give you the top copy of the form and retain the second copy.

    You then must bring the completed form to Town Hall during normal business hours, pay the $10 fee, and you will be issued the registration decal and a receipt for the payment of the fee.

    The registration decal, in accordance with the Town Code, must be affixed in a conspicuous location on the lower left windshield on the cart.

    Each registration is valid for a period that runs from January 1st through December 31st. The registration fee will not be pro rated for decals purchased during the registration period.

    Town Hall staff will mail out renewal notices at least 30 days prior to the January 1st renewal date.

  • Golf Cart Inspection Process

    Golf Cart Inspection Process

    The Police Officer performing the inspection will examine the cart to see if it complies with the requirements of the ordinance. In particular, they will look for and/or need to know:

    • Make/Model of the Cart
    • Vehicle Identification Number
    • Proof of Liability Insurance
    • Does it have a rear vision mirror?
    • Does it have rear reflectors?
    • If it is going to be operated at night, does it have proper lighting?
    • Do the brakes work?
    • Does the cart appear to be in safe operating condition?


  • ReadyNC.org

    Are you ready? Click on the ReadyNC.org logo to visit an excellent website to guide you to improving your level of disaster preparedness. Additional links are available on the CERT web page.

  • Craven County Special Needs Registry Form

Mayor Kirkland presents a Letter of Appreciation from Craven County Emergency Services to River Bend CERT for their assistance in a search to locate a missing person. CERT Co-Director Mary Holihan accepted the letter on behalf of CERT.

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