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Jim Polos
Emergency Management Coordinator
Donald Newton

222 South 5th Avenue
Highland Park, NJ  08904

Ph: (732) 572-3800 ext. 4222

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
During the 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush asked Americans to volunteer their services in order to improve and safeguard their country. Harnessing the spirit of cooperation that developed as a result of the tragic events of September 11th, he created the Citizen Corps Program to organize volunteer services in the areas of crime, natural disasters, and terrorism.  The Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, is a part of the Citizen Corps Program.

CERT members give critical support to first responders in emergencies, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site, and collect disaster intelligence to support first responders.

About Cert Training
If you join Cert, you will receive basic-level training in the following areas:

Unit 1 - Disaster Preparedness

Unit 2 - Fire Safety

Unit 3 - Disaster Medical Operations: Part 1

Unit 4 - Disaster Medical Operations: Part 2

Unit 5 - Search and Rescue Operations

Unit 6 - C.E.R.T. Organization

Unit 7 - Disaster Psychology

Unit 8 - Terrorism and C.E.R.T.

Practical Exercise/Certification

Total training is usually about 18 hours scheduled in 2-4 hour modules, over a period of weeks or months, in order to address the scheduling needs of team members.  It's held in the community where you live.  Training materials and equipment are provided free of charge.

Role of CERT's in an emergency
  • Search for lost or kidnapped children
  • Staff Emergency Operations Centers and monitor events
  • Assist Red Cross and other relief organizations on mass care

How can I join?

You must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license.  Print and complete the application that can be found on the left of this page to become a CERT member!

221 S. Fifth Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Ph: (732) 572-3400