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Join a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Every day, millions of people are finding ways to make meaningful and rewarding contributions to their communities. 

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program is a comprehensive, all-risk, and all-hazard training designed to help you better protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your neighborhood during a disaster. CERT members learn about disaster preparedness and basic response skills for local hazards, including:

  • Managing utilities and putting out small fires
  • Disaster medical operations
  • Light search and rescue
  • Organizing an effective team
  • Collecting disaster information to support first responder efforts
During a disaster, the number of incidents may overwhelm first responders. CERT provides a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where residents could initially be on their own and where their actions can make a difference.
To find a CERT program in your area, click here.

The overall goal of the YERA program is to create a more resilient San Diego by increasing the number of prepared hard-to-reach youth in San Diego County through age and culturally appropriate outreach carried about by their peers.

To find out more about YERA and their outreach, click here.

Get Evacuation Help with the Neighborhood Evacuation Team (NET) Program

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Older adults and people with disabilities or other access and functional needs may be at a greater risk during emergencies that require an evacuation.

The Neighborhood Evacuation Team (NET) pairs trained Community Emergency Response Team members with individuals in their community who may have difficulty self-evacuating during an emergency (i.e. older adults with limited mobility, people with various disabilities, limited transportation resources, or other access and functional needs). 

Neighborhood Evacuation Team members can help you:

  • Prepare and review your evacuation plan
  • Identify emergency contacts
  • Register for AlertSanDiego and learn more about other emergency communication tools
  • Connect you with other resources to help you be better prepared for disasters  

To learn more about the services offered through the NET program or to be connected with a NET member in your area, please click the below link.