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