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OEM's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members undergo an intensive 10-week training program that raises awareness about emergencies and disasters and provides basic response skills needed for fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, and traffic control. After graduating from the 10-week program, CERT members support their communities by assisting with emergency education and response. Emergency services personnel are the best equipped to respond to disasters. NYC CERT volunteers are trained to support the efforts of New York City's first responders.

During non-emergency situations, NYC CERTs educate their communities about emergency preparedness by working with the Ready New York program and building community disaster networks.

How to Join
OEM is always looking for new CERT volunteers who want to help their families, friends, neighbors and communities before, during and after emergencies. For more information, download a copy of the brochure. To apply to become a CERT member, download and submit the screening form.
If you have trouble downloading the file, please contact NYC CERT

The CERT Pledge
I pledge to respond to my community’s needs before, during, and after a disaster; and to uphold the rules and principles of the NYC CERT program and the New York City Emergency Management Department as an active CERT member. I will behave with professionalism and integrity as a volunteer providing disaster preparedness information or supporting the first responder community.

Emergency Communication Board
To help people communicate during an emergency, OEM developed a communication board that uses pictures to help people describe their situation.
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