Community Emergency Response Team volunteers

New York City Community Emergency Response Team (NYC CERT) members are 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.

What CERTs Do

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:

  • Traffic and crowd control at the planned and unplanned events.
  • Escorting New York City residents of evacuated buildings to retrieve personal belongings.
  • Staffing assistance centers and interpreting for New Yorkers affected by emergencies.
  • Emergency food and supply distribution during power outages and water main breaks.
  • Presenting Ready New York preparedness information to communities and build community disaster networks.

The NYC CERT program recognizes volunteers that:

  • Have gone through the NYC Emergency Management basic training;
  • Follow NYC CERT Standard Operating Procedures; and
  • Are credentialed to participate in training and deployments through NYC Emergency Management.

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