Services of Neighborhood Emergency Response


When did it start?
This concept of Neighborhood Emergency Response was first introduced and implemented by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department in the year 1985. It has, since then, been successfully implemented elsewhere. The value of the services of the NERT volunteers can’t be denied. The need for training citizens to be prepared during disasters was first felt after the Whittier Narrows earthquake of 1987. During the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989, the residents of Marina District of San Francisco formed a team with the firefighters to fight the fire. The city, later, formed its own NERT program. Recognizing the effectiveness of CERT training, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made recommendations to carry out nationwide CERT training. Currently there are 1100 communities that have CERT services.

What are the duties of Neighborhood Emergency Response teams?
What do the Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams do? Well, they are trained to provide a number of emergency services like:

  • Basic Fire Fighting
  • Light Search And Rescue
  • Fire Suppression Team
  • Basic Disaster Medical Operations
  • Organizing Teams Of Spot Volunteers


Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams can also work towards improving the safety of the neighborhoods through “disaster resistant neighborhood activities.” In case you want to get trained and then become an active member of your Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, you may look up the “Get Trained” section on the American Red Cross website at

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