Get Capital Region Ready

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Volunteer Registration

If a disaster has struck the Capitol Region and you are looking for ways to help immediately, click the Help Needed Now tab above.


Local organizations rely on many hard-working volunteers to prepare our community for disasters and to jump into action with relief efforts when a disaster strikes. If you would like to participate in regional disaster preparedness efforts, fill out the Volunteer Registration Form below.




 Volunteer Registration Form 

I would like to receive information about volunteer opportunities with the following organization (click one to open the volunteer registration form):






Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their communities and trains them in basic disaster response skills. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an incident when professional responders are overwhelmed or not immediately available to help. In Connecticut, local authorities can activate trained CERT members to support shelter operations, commodities distribution activities, emergency operation centers, search and rescue activities, evacuation notification efforts, vaccination clinics and other tasks that they are trained to handle. CERT teams set their own schedule and most meet monthly for training and/or social events. Anyone can participate (though some programs restrict participation to people 18 years old or older). For detailed descriptions of the training courses, visit the Take Disaster Training page.

National Affiliation: Citizen Corps Program




Capitol Region Medical Reserve Corps (CR-MRC)


The CR-MRC provides medical care and related logistical support during incidents affecting your community. Medical professionals and individuals from all walks of life participate. The CR-MRC is organized, trained and equipped to deploy a medical emergency response team to manage, for the first 48-96 hours, the health consequences of an incident occurring in the Capitol Region. Your communities need your medical and logistical skills in a disaster and MRC training will prepare you to mobilize and work effectively for the CR-MRC for any hazard situation.

Meeting Schedule: Monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at the East Hartford Public Safety Complex, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The CR-MRC also conducts drills and supports disaster response medical requirements. For a short video of what the MRC is about go to

National Affiliation: Citizen Corps Program




Help Needed Now

For information on year-round volunteer opportunities, click the Volunteer Registration tab above.


We encourage all volunteers to first make sure they are prepared. With their personnel preparedness level high they will be able to support their communities in a time of need


As we experience storms like Hurricane Sandy it is highly likely many of us will lose electricity, despite best efforts to prepare. Remember 2011 and all the things you wish you had done in advance!


If/when shelters open up across the region we will post opportunities here for you to volunteer in your community.


Remember, the best way to help local officials during a disaster is to prepare yourself, your family, and your neighborhood!

Developed by the Capitol Region Council of Governments