Upper West Side CERT


A New Bimonthly Schedule for Ready New York Presentations

Upper West Side CERT has redesigned its Ready New York presentation offering. In the past, it has been presented to tenant groups and organizations by request and on their premises, but this arrangement has proved less than optimal in cases where the location lacks Wifi, adequate space or seating, or other requirements for accommodating large numbers of people.

In the future, with few exceptions, we will provide an Upper West Side location and invite participation via social media. We are aiming for one presentation every other month. Look for future announcements on this page, Facebook, and Twitter.

Our next event will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., at Community Board 7, 250 West 87 Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10024. The event is free but RSVPs are a must.

To reserve your spot, reply with your name and the names of those in your party to:
Tar Beaty
Deputy Team Chief
Upper West Side CERT

Ready New York presentations include the screening of a video; information on how to prepare a Go Bag for yourself, your family, and pets; and how to evacuate or shelter in place in the event of an emergency or disaster. We also provide printed materials for your future reference. This location is wheelchair accessible.

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Tickets Going Fast for UWS CERT 10th Anniversary Celebration

Upper West Side CERT’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration, scheduled for March 1, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the American Museum of Natural History, is just around the corner. Bill Ritter, WABC-TV News anchor, will emcee the program. We expect this event to sell out, so register now. A few tickets are still available but they’re going fast.

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UWS CERT to Launch 10th Anniversary Year at the American Museum of Natural History

10th-anniversaryUPDATE! Owing to circumstances outside our control, the date for this event had to be changed. It will now take place on March 1, 2017. The location and other details remain the same. Invitations will be emailed via Eventbrite in January.

On November 9, 2016, Upper West Side CERT will begin its 10th year with a celebratory event, hosted by the American Museum of Natural History. The gathering will kick off a year of neighborhood activities designed to raise awareness about emergency preparedness and increase community involvement.

Invited special guests to the Upper West Side CERT 10th Anniversary Celebration include NYC Emergency Management Department Commissioner Joseph Esposito, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Community Board 7 District Manager Penny Ryan, and officials from the FDNY and the 20th and 24th precincts of the NYPD. Sponsoring businesses will also be honored.


CERT graduate Laurel Douglas shows off her new gear, January 2007.

It was in November 2006 that a group of concerned Upper West Siders gathered at the Young Israel Temple on West 91 Street to begin an 11-week training that would certify them for their role as preparedness educators and second responders. Their class was graduated in January 2007 and has been pursuing its mission ever since.

For those new to our work, CERT citizen volunteer teams support the city’s first responders – FDNY, NYPD, and EMT – in their work to keep our city safe. We are deployed to provide a variety of services when disaster strikes, including crowd management, traffic control, and emergency relief. Our equally important mission is to educate our neighbors about how to keep themselves and their communities safe.

You can learn more about us elsewhere on this website and at:

Event invitations will go out shortly, but for now, please save the date!

Questions should be addressed to info (at) uwscert.org.


Sponsorship opportunities for the event can be downloaded here.


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A Van? Yes We Can! With Your Help.

PB LogoUpper West Side CERT has won a coveted place on the 2016 PBNYC6 (Participatory Budgeting for New York City, District 6) ballot to win funding for the purchase of a team van.

The UWS CERT Emergency Response and Education Vehicle is one of fourteen projects to be considered for funding by the District 6 public during PBNYC voting week, March 26 through April 3, 2016. But let’s back up a bit.

What is Participatory Budgeting?
PB is a democratic process that lets community members decide how to spend part of an annual budget allocated for their district. The total budget for participating Council Districts across the city in FY2016 is $30 million.

District 6 will receive $6 million in discretionary funding, of which $1 million will be spent by the community on projects they deem worthwhile.

PB is grassroots democracy in action. It enables community members to have a say in how their tax dollars are spent. It offers them – either through participation on the PB Committee or voting for the funding recipients – the opportunity to be directly involved in the District’s budgeting process. It results in better funding decisions, because who knows better the needs of a community than the people who live there?

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Upper West Side CERT, looking to take its emergency preparedness education and outreach to the next level, applied for a small slice of this $1 million pie to purchase a van for the team. Happily, the PB screening committees and the New York City Council agreed that the project had merit and chose it as one of fourteen finalists.

Should our project place in the top five, it will be funded.

The van would have a threefold purpose: It would store the team’s emergency materials and supplies; it would bring pop-up preparedness events to street fairs, schools, and community gatherings; and it could be made available, if deployed by NYCEMD, at the site of a disaster.

You can help us win!
If you live in or attend high school in District 6, you can vote. Here is a link to voting instructions and locations. Here are the fourteen projects competing for funding. You may vote for up to five.

Download our flyer, print, and share!

Follow the drama!
We will be tweeting and Facebooking our progress from now until voting closes. Stay tuned!


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