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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Program partners: Citizens for NYC, FDNY, NYPD and the American Red Cross

Mission: the CERT program is designed to train neighborhood and community based volunteer teams that will: inform, educate and train their neighbors on disaster preparedness; assist public safety agencies and local community boards with public events; respond to locally occuring disasters by strictly following CERT protocol and supporting emergency personnel upon their arrival and request; and assist agencies in managing spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site.

Eligibility: participants must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of New York City (CERT teams are designated within your own community board).

Participants must be willing to subject themselves to a background security clearance check

Training: Ready New York- introduction to CERT, fire safety, light search and rescue- disaster medical operations 1 and ii, American Red Cross-disaster mental health curriculum.

Participants must commit to the 11 week training program, be active, volunteer and attend all specified classes.

For further information contact the Community Board 11 Office.

CERT Community Board 11 Queens: 718-225-1054
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A project developed by the NYC Office of Emergency Management.


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