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:

Star.JPGStep 1: LEARN. Watch our Citizen Legislator Lesson and download our Citizen Legislator Participation Guide.

Star.JPGStep 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!

Star.JPGStep 3: PRESENT. Download the Model Resolution and make an official presentation to your local governing body.

Star.JPGStep 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!). And if you continue to hit roadblocks? Request a coach from The Citizens Campaign to help you out.

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