Join Neighborhood Emergency Response Team


Who can join the Neighborhood Emergency Response team?
Anyone who is at least 18 years old, active and wants to help out is eligible to join a Neighborhood Emergency Response Team. This means that seniors and retirees who are “active” can join their Neighborhood Emergency Response Team. Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams work in close partnership with other community groups like homeowners association, rotary club and neighborhood watch programs.

What are the benefits of joining a Neighborhood Emergency Response team?

Why should you join the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team? If you want to ensure the safety and protection of your loved ones, there is nothing better than to join this volunteer program. Neighborhood Emergency Response team help the members of a neighborhood bond better, and you will never feel helpless when disaster strikes. When you join one of the NERTs you learn how to help others as well as yourself in emergency situations.

If you are interested in joining a Neighborhood Emergency Response team do you need training and where can you get it?

Yes, volunteers need to enroll themselves for a Community Emergency Response Team program. The training program is free of cost and is divided into nine modules which are:

  • Disaster fire suppression and hazardous materials
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Light search and rescue
  • Damage assessment
  • Disaster medical operations
  • Disaster psychology
  • Debris management
  • Team organizations
  • Homeland security

There are various training facilities provided by the government and you can attend classes where you will be trained through lectures, work manuals and study materials and “hands-on” classes with trained CERT volunteers.