We all have a role in hometown security
Citizen Corps asks you to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared; to get training in first aid and emergency skills; and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief, and community safety.
Currently there are:
94 CERT Programs
21 Citizen Corps Councils
2525 Neighborhood Watch
129 Volunteer Police Services
33 Medical Reserve Corps
21 Fire Corps
which serve citizens throughout the state of Florida.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management welcomes you to the new Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) webpage. The goal of this site is to open new opportunities and serve as an invaluable tool for existing and starter programs. Floridians who are interested in becoming a member of a CERT team can find information on teams and Citizen Corps councils in their local area and sign up to serve. Everyone can play a role and make a difference in their community by getting involved today.
Bryan Koon, Director
Florida Division of Emergency Management
For more information on volunteering during disasters and community emergency response teams, email the Citizen Corps office at CitizenCorps@em.myflorida.com.
The Division of Emergency Management is providing you with notification of its intent to open the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 application cycle for competitive awards from the Emergency Management Performance Grant Fund Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program.
The applications will be available online May 9, 2013, at the Florida Citizen Corps website, which can be accessed at www.floridadisaster.org/CitizenCorps.
The submission deadline for these grants is July 9, 2013. If there are no pending appeals, funds provided under the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 cycle will be available to award recipients no earlier than July 22, 2013.
Florida CERT was organized to support and direct statewide training and education in disaster planning and preparedness.
In addition we have the goal of increasing community awareness of disaster preparedness.
Florida CERT members provide assistance to any government agency that requests volunteer services in any capacity. Contact with other Emergency Management related organizations, and coordination of annual CERT Conferences.
CERT Teams can make the difference by using their training to save lives and protect property. With training, practice, and working together as a team, CERT members will be able to do the "greatest good for the greatest number" after a disaster, while protecting themselves from becoming victims.
Upon completion of "CERT" training, teams are encouraged to continue training, drilling and develop neighborhood networks of resources so their teams may build, grow and flourish within the community....
Thanks to more than 1,500 volunteer programs that have embraced personal responsibility to be prepared, get trained in first aid and emergency skills, and support local emergency responders during disasters, the Florida Division of Emergency Management's Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program had another year full of great achievements displayed through creative training techniques, purposeful planning and innovative exercises in 2009-2010. Please take a moment to find out what happened in your part of the state by reading the 2009-2010 Florida Citizen Corps Annual Report.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management Citizen Corp Office awarded grant funding to cities and counties throughout the state for the start-up or maintenance of Citizen Corps Council and CERT programs. The volunteer programs were created to support and direct statewide training and education in disaster planning and preparedness. The goals of the programs are to increase community awareness and disaster preparedness. Please click on the link below to see if your community was awarded funding for community preparedness. For more information please call 850-921-0216.
In any major disaster, emergency workers may not be able to reach everyone right away. What would you do if you had no electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone service? Having a plan for your family and their needs will help ensure their safety and comfort during these difficult times. A well thought-out plan of action for you and your family can go a long way toward reducing the damage from tornados, wildfires, severe thunderstorms and flooding that could strike the state of Florida.
May 9, 2013 15:04