Community Emergency Response Team

C.E.R.T.  is a team of individuals who receive special training that enhances their ability to recognize,  prepare for, respond to and recover from a major emergency or disaster.  Previous emergency experience is not  required.

C.E.R.T.  members help each other and support our first-line responders in an emergency situation.

C.E.R.T.  teams provide immediate assistance to our local community through a coordinated and collaborative effort.

C.E.R.T.  is developed and administered under the direction of Nassau County Office of Emergency Management.

C.E.R.T.  is a basic training that includes emergency preparedness, first aid, community and family safety, light search and rescue, terrorism issues, and C.E.R.T. procedures.

C.E.R.T  volunteers provide vital services in the absence of emergency responders whose arrival may be delayed or preempted by the severity of the specific situation.

For more information about joining the C.E.R.T. volunteers in the HGCA
contact C.E.R.T. Committee Chairman Richie Strube at

Become a C.E.R.T Volunteer For Your Community

Kathleen Seygried, a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for the C.E.R.T., visited the HGCA general meeting on September 11, 2008 and outlined
the importance of being prepared in the event of an emergency.  She spoke of things to have on hand such as various food supplies and first
aid equipment.  She also suggested a Family Communications Plan.

More information about becoming a C.E.R.T. volunteer for your community
can be found by visiting the Nassau County website at


Basic Emergency Preparedness Plan


  • Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters.  Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do
    in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public
    shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs.
  • People also can reduce the impact of disasters (flood proofing, elevating a home or moving a home out of harm’s way, and securing items that
    could shake loose in an earthquake) and sometimes avoid the danger completely.


  • Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year.  Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property.
  • If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well.
    Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.
  • You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could occur in your area – hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme cold,
    flooding, or terrorism.
  • You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for at least three days.  This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and

We hope you will use the information provided in the following attachments to help protect yourself and your family in the event of a disaster. Feel free to share it with all who may benefit from it.

(Source: SPIN notification 9/24/09)