Nassau County RACES
Nassau County CERT
CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster or emergency. A Community Emergency Response Team is a team of individuals who receive special training that enhances their ability to recognize, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a major emergency or disaster. During an incident, emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives, and protect property. Interested in becoming a RACES member? We ask that this training program accompany an Amateur Radio License
What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a federally funded, community-based volunteer program that provides training and ongoing education to better prepare communities and individuals to respond to emergency/disaster situations. When an emergency/disaster happens, CERT members can provide immediate assistance to their community and give critical support to first responders using a coordinated, collaborative and organized effort. CERT members can also help with non-emergency preparedness projects that can help improve the overall safety and quality of life in their community.
Next CERT class
Office of Emergency Management510 Grumman Road West
Bethpage, Ny 11714
Wednesday, March 09; Wednesday, March 16; Wednesday, March 23; Wednesday, March 30 Wednesday, April 06; Wednesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 20 (Graduation)
All classes begin at 7:00 p.m.
CERT training is free for Nassau County residents who are 18 years of age or older. If you are considering joining CERT, please be aware that you must attend all training sessions; missed classes can be made up. A background check will be conducted prior to acceptance into the program.
What is the Nassau County CERT program?
The Nassau County CERT program follows the same guidelines as the state and federal government, but takes into account the vulnerabilities the County faces, as well as local participating communities. Nassau County is prone to flooding, snowstorms and hurricanes among other natural, and man-made incidents. Each community may have its own localized emergencies and disasters. The CERT program is meant to help address how to plan for and respond to those emergencies and disasters. In addition, CERT is a way for communities to build resilience, foster affiliated volunteerism, assist neighbors, and other communities, and strengthen communities in general.