How to Join

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Interested in becoming a volunteer? Register to join through the NYC CERT online volunteer management database.

Who is eligible to join NYC CERT?

NYC CERT is a public program and training is available to all City residents, as well as those who work in NYC, provided they are interested in becoming a resource during disasters. The requirements are:

  • Be 18 years of age or older; and
  • Live or work in New York City; and
  • Pass a NYC Emergency Management background check.

Members are affiliated with a community team by their legal residence. The volunteer commitment is for at least one year of service following graduation.

How do I sign up for training?

NYC Emergency Management 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 postcard.

To apply to become a CERT member:

  • Complete a volunteer application. NYC CERT staff will contact you with more information.
  • Get connected with your local team leadership.
  • Complete background check and code of conduct forms found within the NYC CERT online database.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older, live or work in New York City, and pass a NYC Emergency Management background check.

If you have trouble registering, please contact NYC CERT.

Once the NYC CERT program receives your application to become an active member of your community team, NYC CERT staff will put you in contact with your local CERT leadership. You will be asked to meet with the team prior to attending the training to make sure your expectations meet the expectations of the program.

You will be expected to bring your completed background check and code of conduct forms to your first training class. Please note that there is no cost to the participant to attend training.

Be on the lookout for CERT volunteers in your community: they wear green NYC CERT shirts and bright yellow NYC CERT vests!

I am a medical professional (i.e., MD, RN, etc.). Can I join the NYC CERT program if I already belong to the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)?

Yes. There are many NYC CERT members who wear multiple hats in their communities. We ask that members are clear as to which group they will represent during an emergency situation and be active with their teams during planned events, such as Ready New York presentations and community fairs.