COMMUNITY LEADERS AGREE THE FORMULA FOR ENSURING A SAFER COUNTY CONSISTS OF TRAINED VOLUNTEERS AND INFORMED INDIVIDUAL TAKING ACTION TO INCREASE THE SUPPORT OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES DURING DISASTERS. MAJOR DISASTERS CAN OVERWHELM FIRST RESPONDER AGENCIES, EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS TO LEND SUPPORT.
There are many ways to get involved when, especially before, a disaster occurs. The content found on this page will guide you to find ways to take action and protect your community in a disaster.
Monterey County Office of Emergency Services works closely with our volunteer and non-profit organizations to mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters to Monterey County by promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and foster more effective delivery of services to our communities when affected by disaster.
- American Red Cross
- Community Emergency Response Volunteers
- SPCA For Monterey County
- United Way Monterey County
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Part of being prepared is staying informed, and you can stay informed by attending free preparedness trainings in your area.
The concept of the CERT Program began in the mid-1980s when the Los Angeles Fire Department saw the need, in the event of a large-scale disaster, to train citizens on how to help others without putting themselves in harm’s way. FEMA formalized the CERT program in 1993 and the CERT program is now available nationwide. The CERT curriculum is taught from an all-hazards approach and each community emphasizes the disasters, both natural and manmade, to which they are most vulnerable. Although preparedness steps may vary from community to community, the goal remains the same: “to do the most good for the most amount of people” in an emergency, such as in the event of a natural disaster.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Donations and Volunteer Centers
Cost Recovery for Private Non-Profits (PNP)
In the event of a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration, faith-based organizations, community, volunteer, and nonprofit organizations in areas eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program may apply for FEMA grants to help them get back to the business of helping others.
As part of its mission, FEMA provides grants to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and certain private nonprofits through its Public Assistance program. Community, volunteer, faith-based, and private nonprofit organizations conducting critical and essential services of a governmental nature that sustained disaster damage may be able to receive FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grants to repair or replace their facilities so they can continue offering critical and essential community services.
Only organizations with state or IRS tax-exempt status may be considered. For more information about eligible essential and critical service providers, go online to FEMA.gov and reference the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide.