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Get Involved - Volunteer

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

A CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team, is a ready group of organized and trained volunteers that respond to disasters, most often within their local community.

When disaster strikes a community, CERT members are called to deploy at the discretion of the Worcester Emergency Management Division. CERT members may be asked to conduct wellness checks on neighbors, provide psychological comfort to those affected following a disaster, participate in emergency shelter operations, parking assistance at large scale events and other emergency support functions as determined by Worcester Emergency Management.

The CERT program prepares volunteers to become more self-reliant and prepared for any emergency that may impact their community by offering a 20 hour classroom training that combines hands-on training with written curriculum. The training is provided by volunteer "subject matter" experts, such as public safety personnel.

Participation in the CERT program is voluntary. All liability is assumed by the volunteer in the event of an unfortunate occurrence.

If you are interested in joining our local CERT Team, please complete our Online Questionnaire, call (508) 799-1840 or email emergencymgt@worcesterma.gov to begin the process.

Worcester Emergency Communications Team (WECT)

WECT is a voluntary amateur radio emergency communications organization. Membership is free. Their membership is comprised mostly of FCC licensed operators, i.e., "hams" who volunteer their time and expertise to the City of Worcester Emergency Management and other local served agencies such as the American Red Cross as well as local charity groups. Regionally within Worcester County and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, they serve as the MEMA Region 4 Amateur Radio Station, and also serve in this capacity for gathering SKYWARN Weather Reports for the National Weather Service.

Visit the WECT website for more information.

Worcester Regional Medical Reserve Corps (WRMRC)

The Worcester Regional Medical Reserve Corps is a committed group of volunteers, with or without medical backgrounds, who keep their communities safe by responding to public health emergencies. Recent events have taught us that all towns and cities need to be ready for anything, including natural disasters, terrorism and disease.

Visit the Worcester Regional MRC website for more information.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides disaster assistance across the United States for incidents varying from house fires to large-scale mass casualty incidents.

Visit the Central MA Red Cross website for more information.

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