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GRAND FORKS, ND--The city has a new take on tackling disasters.

The Grand Forks Emergency Management Office is looking for local volunteers to step in when disaster strikes.

This team is called CERT, short for Community Emergency Response Team.

The team would be made up of volunteers  - who would train for up to 20 hours - to help during problems, like search and rescues, tornadoes, floods, or fires.

They are hoping to put together multiple teams, at least one for every town in the county.

"People in North Dakota are so nice, they're already going to jump in and help if they see someone in need. So this just trains them, so that they're giving the best first aid that they can,” said Grand Forks Maddie Ardelean, of Grand Forks Emergency Management.

They are especially looking for volunteers from people in the smaller towns and more rural areas out in the county.

If you’re interested in joining CERT, you can send an email to with your name and email and you will be added to the list.

You will receive an email when more information is available.

To learn more, click here.