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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.



The District of Columbia must be prepared to respond to all natural, man-made, and technological emergencies that pose a threat to the residents and visitors.

Join us for the spring training and exercise series to explore core capabilities within community response through your volunteer service.


America's PrepareAthon! Day 2018: Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) Training/Simulation/Functional Exercise
Saturday, April 28 (10:00am-4:00pm)
This PrepareAthon! activity is designed to evaluate capabilities and functionality of community resilience - through improved citizen outreach and engagement - using the simulated response for activation and volunteer staffing of a Volunteer Reception Center. 
FEMA 2018 National Level Exercise (NLE)--Volunteers Needed
May 2018
The District of Columbia must be prepared to respond to all natural, man-made, and technological disasters that pose a threat to our residents and visitors. Serve DC will be supporting the District through Volunteer and Donations Management (ESF 16).


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.

For more information about the DC CERT program call (202) 727-7925 or click here.