Get Involved

As a community member, there are many ways in which you can get involved in emergency preparedness and response. Scroll down to learn more about how the community provides assistance in times of disaster.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a national program under the Citizens Corps umbrella that prepares community members to respond to immediate needs following a major disaster.

CERT training is FREE!

CERT training educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the City of Charlottesville and our surrounding communities.

With this training, 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 our community.

Click here to get more information: Local CERT Program

The Thomas Jefferson Area Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TJA VOAD) group is committed to providing disaster relief and support to community members.

TJA VOAD member organizations respond quickly and effectively during a disaster and work hard to address unmet community needs.

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