The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train and equip citizens to be prepared to help themselves and their neighbors in the event of a disaster, crisis, or common emergency. CERT collaborates with the New Canaan Red Cross to provide the necessary help in case of a local disaster. CERT members can assist first responders, assist victims, and organize volunteers at a disaster site. Members must complete a six-session training program. For complete information, go online to or to CERT offers a 20-hour program, developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. You can also take training that leads to assisting emergency responders during a major disaster. The executive director is Nancy Upton, 203-966-1663.

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross, which includes New Canaan, offers emergency preparedness training, first aid and CPR courses. Call 1-877-287-3327 or go to