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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Empowering Residents to be Prepared for Emergencies and Disasters

Serve DC empowers people who live, work, and congregate in the District with the skills and information necessary to prepare for disasters and emergencies. It is important for everyone to have an emergency preparedness kit. Do you have enough supplies to last for at least 72 hours? Download a recommended emergency supplies list HERE. Being safe starts with being prepared.

Training and Mobilizing Volunteers to Create Safer Communities

As the District lead for emergency volunteer and donations management, Serve DC provides critical support to the city’s official emergency response effort in the first 72 hours of a crisis. Serve DC recruits and trains District residents to respond and assist during emergencies – ensuring residents play a major role in making their communities safer, stronger and better prepared to address threats of terrorism, crime and disasters.

Serve DC's Community Emergency Response Team

Serve DC’s (CERT) volunteer program trains citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can  provide critical support to first responders, immediate assistance to victims and can help organize spontaneous  volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the community safety.

CERT training is free and open to anyone who lives, works or congregates in the District of Columbia. Classes include:

Upcoming Events and Trainings

Serve DC – FALL 2017 DC CERT Training
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 12, 14, 19, 21, 6:00pm-9:00pm | Sunday, September 24, 9:00am-5:00pm (at CERT CON)
DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
UCC Media Center – 1st Floor
2720 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20032
DC CERT volunteer program trains residents to be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. The training is free and open to anyone who lives, works or congregates in the District of Columbia.
CERT Con 2017: Emergency Preparedness Runs in the Family
Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24, 9:00am-5:00pm
Charles Herbert Flowers High School
10001 Ardwick Ardmore Rd.
Springdale, MD 20774
National CERT Con is on! We are excited to bring a host of basic refresher and advanced Emergency Management seminars and speakers to invigorate, educate and innovate your preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery to any natural or man-made disasters.
PrepareAthon! Day: Flood Preparation & Response, and the District Volunteer and Donations Management Plan Overview
Saturday, September 30, 8:00am-2:00pm
Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center
2000 14th Street, NW
Community Room
Washington, DC 20009
Hurricane and Flood Season has arrived and we should all be prepared. This response engagement session equips residents for preparing and responding to flood disasters.
The District Volunteer and Donations Management Plan provides guidance for the engagement and coordination of volunteers, volunteer services, and donations management prior to and during emergencies. Come provide resident input into how residents will be engaged.
For more information about the DC CERT program call (202) 727-7941 or click here.