The city’s Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as CERT, are looking for volunteers who wish to be trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response.
CERT volunteers play a supporting role to the city’s first responders in the event of serious fires or explosions, major accidents and natural disasters.
They also help out at large city events such as the New York City Marathon, the Five Boro Bike Tour and the inflating of balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Working under the Office of Emergency Management, volunteers receive 10 weeks of training from NYPD, FDNY and OEM personnel.
The curriculum, adapted from Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) protocols, include fire safety, search and rescue, community disaster support, disaster medical operations, police science and terrorism awareness.
Anyone interested in obtaining additional information about CERT training may do so online at nyc.gov/cert, or by calling 311.