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COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT)

CERT is a training program that prepares people to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community. Through CERT, citizens can learn about disaster preparedness and receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. With this training, volunteers can provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims before emergency first responders arrive on scene.
 
For additional information on CERT or to find a program in your area, please contact the State Citizen Corps Program Manager at ra-certrequests@pa.gov.  
 If you are interested in registering to volunteer your assistance during a disaster, visit our SERVPA page for additional information or to start the registration process. 

 

Downloadable CERT Training Materials: 

CERT Training  

CERT Teen Training 

CERT Course Process Flow

ETA - Local Level Course Application     

Pennsylvania CERT Training Request


CITIZEN CORPS 

As a rural state, Pennsylvania relies heavily on its volunteer fire, EMS and emergency management personnel. In addition, many of the law enforcement personnel at the municipal levels are part-time. If a disaster strikes during the day and volunteers cannot get home, citizens are required to take care of their families and neighbors. The core programs under the Citizen Corps umbrella are ideal for rural states like Pennsylvania due to the "neighbor helping neighbor" concept. Moreover, they will work equally well in our large cities, such as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. In the event of a large-scale disaster, even the career forces could become quickly overwhelmed and need assistance. Read more about the core programs under Citizen Corps and see how you can get involved:  

Neighborhood Watch

Fire Corps

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)

Medical Reserve Corps

Commonwealth of PA Citizen Corps Contact: RA-EMOutreach@pa.gov


 
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHNeighborhood Crime Watch Sign
Neighborhood/Crime Watch programs empower residents to become active in homeland security efforts through community participation.
For additional information on Neighborhood/Crime Watch or to find a program in your area, please contact the State Citizen Corps Program Manager at ra-certrequests@pa.gov.
 
If you are interested in registering to volunteer your assistance during a disaster, go to https://www.serv.pa.gov/ for additional information or to start the registration process. 

 
FIRE CORPS
Fire Corps promotes the use of citizen advocates (volunteers) to support and augment the capacity of resource-constrained fire and emergency service departments at all levels: volunteer, combination, and career. For additional information on Fire Corps or to find a program in your area, please visitto https://www.serv.pa.gov/ for additional information or to start the registration process. 

 
MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS
The MRC program strives to improve the health and safety of communities across the state by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies. Volunteer MRC units accomplish this mission by supplementing existing emergency and public health resources during local emergencies and other times of community need.