Monroe Emergency Reserve Corps
Monroe County Emergency Management believes that “strengthening the Florida Keys communities through volunteerism and service” is not just a mission statement, it is a way of life.
Following lessons learned from Hurricane Irma, Monroe County Emergency Management created a “Monroe Emergency Reserve Corps” that is made up of volunteers with a variety of talents and skills who would like to help in time of emergency in the Keys.
An inaugural meeting of this new emergency volunteer program was held on May 21, 2018 and led by Monroe County Emergency Management Director Marty Senterfitt. About 70 people attended the open discussion on how to best utilize the incredible untapped talents of the Keys residents and build a response capability that surpasses all expectations.
Citizen volunteers who go through Monroe County’s Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) and become part of the volunteer Monroe Emergency Reserve Corps also can obtain early re-entry placards. To volunteer for this program, visit https://mercorps.org.
The first phase is taking a free online FEMA course, FEMA IS-317 Introduction to CERT Opens a New Window. . You can begin taking this class at any time. It takes about 6 to 8 hours to complete.
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For more information about FEMA's CERT program, go to FEMA's CERT information webpage Opens a New Window. .
The second phase includes about 16 hours of in-person CERT training at locations throughout the Keys. These classes will be taught by local CERT instructors. Taking the online FEMA Introduction to CERT course is a prerequisite to taking the in-person CERT training.
A third phase includes practical skills and exercises.
If you have questions, email Senterfitt-Martin@monroecounty-fl.gov or call 305-289-6018.
Sign Up to be a County Emergency Volunteer
Monroe County Emergency Management has also designed a County Volunteer site to connect with other County organizations and entities as well as Monroe County Emergency Management.
Volunteer efforts are important to the overall response success. Residents are encouraged to apply as a volunteer to assist Monroe County Emergency Management and the County in recovery efforts.
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