Other Ways to Get Involved in Emergency Preparedness

Learn how you can become a trained volunteer and help respond during an emergency. Volunteers are needed to assist with medical response, public safety, emergency planning, and disaster readiness in the community.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training 
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the City of Alexandria and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as damage assessment after a disaster, extinguish small fires, perform light search and rescue, triage, give first aid, and provide much needed assistance in times of crisis! The Community Emergency Response Team program trains community members to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in Alexandria. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders by providing immediate assistance to victims and organizing spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also participate in non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

Classes will take place over 8 Thursday nights from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM plus one Saturday morning from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The program is open to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or owns a business in the City of Alexandria. Click Here to register. For specific questions please email emergencypreparedness@volunteeralexandria.org or call at 703-836-2176. The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Mike Hatfield at 703.746.3140.

I want to help! What do I need to do?
Attend the CERT training course to become a Team Member. You will learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your community for a disaster. Become familiar with tools to help you organize after a disaster and how to conduct triage and provide basic first aid. Learn to assess damage after the disaster, extinguish a small fire, conduct searches and rescue victims safely and complete a small-scale disaster simulation!

Sign up today for training!

Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps is a group of volunteers that includes individuals with medical training and experience as well as individuals from a wide range of non-medical backgrounds. The MRC's local mission is to strengthen the health emergency preparedness and response of the people in Alexandria, and to develop a Corps of medical and non-medical volunteers to respond as needed to such emergencies. MRC volunteer activities range from community preparedness to assisting in a variety of settings if a natural or terrorist-caused health emergency occurs.

Volunteers in Police Service program allows citizens who wish to donate their time and talents to the Police department to assist with administrative and operations support duties, thus allowing officers to spend more time on law enforcement and crime prevention activities.

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