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Citizen Corps and CERT

CCRPA handles emergency Management in central Connecticut, including participation in the Statewide Citizen Corps Council and grant management for the Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

Citizen corps

The Citizen Corps is made up of five existing community programs:

  1. Neighborhood Watch: Helping to keep your own community a safe place.
  2. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): A training program to promote self-help and support in an emergency.
  3. Volunteers in Police Service: A program to support our Public Safety Services.
  4. Medical Reserve Corps: Volunteers for medical emergencies.
  5. Operation TIPS: The Terrorist Information and Prevention program: A new program promoting watchfulness.

In addition, the Citizen Corps program promotes and supports such established programs as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Americorps VISTA, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and others. To join a Citizen Corps group please contact your local police, fire, or health department, one of the above volunteer organizations or join online here.


The CERT program is a volunteer opportunity offered through Citizen Corps. CERT training focuses on basic disaster response skills. Composed of local citizens, each CERT is able to provide assistance to emergency responders. Whether conducting a search and rescue mission, running a shelter, or directing traffic during a community event, each CERT team offers an invaluable resource to their community. There are currently four CERT teams in central Connecticut:

  1. Bristol CERT
  2. Burlington CERT
  3. Southington CERT
  4. New Britain CERT
CCRPA oversees all aspects of CERT funding. For information on establishing a CERT team or obtaining funding please contact Greg Martin by  or at 860-589-7820 x150. Further information is below: