Upper West Side CERT


Pet Safe on the Esplanade

Sparky’s owner keeps his and Sparky’s Go Bags near the door, packed and ready to grab and go in an emergency.

Upper West Side CERT and Battery Park City CERT are presenting a free special event to benefit pets and the people who love them. Look for our green tent and stop by to say hello.

Here are the details:

On the Esplanade
Riverside Park at W. 87 St., near the dog run
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Meet Jane Kopelman, Guest Instructor, DogsOfCourse.com

Sponsored by:




What you can learn:
•  Emergency Preparedness for Pets
•  Safety Tips for Pets and Their Humans
•  Animal CPR
•  Service Animals in Public Places
•  Your pet needs a Go Bag, too! Learn what to pack.

Lots of take-home information and treats!

Two lucky raffle winners will take home a Pet Safe Go Bag! sponsored by PETCO.

Download flyer: 100718-UWSCERT PET PLAN Flyer-4 for 101018


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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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