It takes a whole community working together to recover from disaster. Having some basic training and skills before a disaster strikes can help you take the necessary actions to help yourself, your loved ones, and even nearby strangers until professional responders arrive.
Volunteer opportunities include:
- Community Emergency Response Teams (see information below)
- Fire Corps
- Medical Reserve Corps of Kansas City
For more volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood, contact your local emergency manager.
CERT: Community Emergency Response Teams
CERT training takes about 20 to 24 hours to complete, and includes topics such as disaster preparedness, fire safety, triage and treatment of life-threatening injuries, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology and terrorism.
Fourteen CERTs currently operate in the eight-county, bistate region — four on the Kansas side of the metropolitan area and 10 in Missouri. For more information about CERT opportunities, contact your local emergency management department or visit www.citizencorps.gov/cert.