SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- Hundreds of volunteers, from all over the state, are in San Diego for Governor Gavin Newsom’s emergency preparedness campaign. It’s called “California For All.” The campaign is designed to help emergency responders during wildfires and other disasters.
California For All campaign is bringing together 600 volunteers. The Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as CERT, is on a mission to help prepare people in the community in case of a natural disaster.
CERT members are also trained to assist first responders.
“It’s an opportunity for community members to learn basic skills to prepare their community to respond, in case of a major disaster or any event, where the actual true responders can’t get there on time” Dore Bietz.
Governor Gavin Newsom and legislators came together to make a $50 million commitment to the campaign. A video message from the governor was played during today’s session.
CERT members also help engage diverse and socially vulnerable communities during times of need.
“It is very difficult for first responders to come in when there is a language barrier,” says Bietz.
CERT is a FEMA- recognized program. Members suggest every household should have a plan in case there is an evacuation in their area.