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Local Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Imperial County Public Health Department offers the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program which 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.

For more information on the Community Emergency Response Team, please contact (442) 265-1388.

Imperial County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The Imperial County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing medical support during a health emergency or disaster. The activities of the MRC are a crucial element to the community during a surge event or pandemic scenario.

The Imperial County Emergency Medical Services Agency is organizing the Imperial County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) with the assistance of local hospitals and clinics.

MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Other community members, such as interpreters and office workers can fill other vital support positions.

A background check and license verification will be performed by the Imperial County Emergency Medical Services Agency in cooperation with the California Medical Volunteers System. Background checks and license verification will be done prior to being trained, assigned and deployed.

For more information on the Medical Reserve Corp, please contact (442) 265-1388.