Youth Emergency Readiness Ambassador (YERA) Program

Through the State’s CA for All CERT & Listos grant, the County’s Office of Emergency Services, Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego County Fire Authority and local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), have partnered to offer a three-month-long summer internship to San Diego County youth between the ages of 16-21. 

Through the program, Youth Emergency Readiness Ambassadors (YERAs) learn about emergency preparedness and public health, as well as the various components of disaster response and recovery from subject matter experts. Ambassadors have teamed up with CERT Program Managers throughout the region to develop a six-week outreach plan with materials to educate hard-to-reach youth in their area.

Each team covers five topics in their outreach:

  • Public Health Services and COVID-19 information and resources
  • Office of Emergency Services and general disaster preparedness
  • County Fire Authority and "Ready, Set, Go" fire preparedness
  • CERT and how to "Get Involved"
  • Child Welfare Services and their resources

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.

See outreach materials created by the youth at the links below!

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