The City of Hoboken invites members of the community to join its 100-strong and growing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Free classes are offered by State-certified trainers.
Hoboken’s CERT volunteers have been recognized as “Community Preparedness Heroes” by FEMA, and CERT Coordinator Lou Casciano was honored as a Community Preparedness and Resilience “Champion of Change” by the White House.
CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies. If interested in joining CERT, please complete and submit this application.
Participation in CERT requires the successful completion of a training course on a range of subject matter specific to emergency response and disaster relief.