New York City Community Emergency Response Teams (NYC CERT) are groups of dedicated volunteers who help to prepare their neighbors and communities for different types of disasters.
NYC CERT members undergo a training program that provides basic response skills needed for fire safety, light search and rescue, community disaster support, disaster medical operations, and traffic control.
Members are affiliated with a community team by their legal residence. The volunteer commitment is for at least one year of service following graduation.
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. NYC CERT members participate in community preparedness and disaster response activities, including:
The NYC CERT program recognizes teams that: