Municipalities can establish a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to enhance public safety in the local community. We know first-hand that emergencies happen anytime or anywhere, whether natural or otherwise, and it is necessary to have trained people who can help immediately. Volunteers are trained a wide variety of skills, including, but not limited to: emergency preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire suppression, and terrorism awareness.
How to create Community Emergency Response Team in your city:
Step 1: LEARN. Watch our Citizen Legislator Lesson and download our Citizen Legislator Participation Guide.
Step 2: PREPARE. Get ready for your presentation by downloading our CERT Presentation Kit, which includes a sample OPRA Request, sample Presentation Statement, and an Advisory Policy Memo. And make sure to reach out and build support through friends, family, social media, and local media!
Step 3: PRESENT. Download the Model Resolution and make an official presentation to your local governing body.
Step 4: FOLLOW UP! Officials have a lot on their plates, so it’s up to you to follow-up and make sure your proposal doesn’t get lost in the shuffle! Attend council meetings, email, and call officials if you don’t get an adequate response (but always be respectful!).