CERT Receives $13,500 in State Funding

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CERT members and other volunteers organize donations at Zuma Beach immediately following the Woolsey Fire.

State agency CaliforniaVolunteers awarded Malibu’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) with $13,500 in grant funding on Wednesday, June 5.

Malibu CERT received one of the agency’s CERT/Listos Capacity Building grants, which are designed to increase the number of volunteers in awardees’ programs and “ensure they reflect their communities.” 

“The grants will support these programs by providing funding for training, equipment, insurance and background checks for new and existing volunteers,” a description on the CaliforniaVolunteers website said.

The Malibu group is joined by a number of CERT teams, including those located in the cities of Davis, Anaheim, Lake Forest, Placentia, Rancho Cucamonga and Riverside–to name a few.

According to a statement shared by the City of Malibu, the local CERT will need to inform more than 500 people about disaster preparedness prior to December 2020 as a condition of the grant.

CaliforniaVolunteers is an official state agency through the Office of the Governor that focuses on promoting volunteering. Its key initiatives include AmeriCorps, business partners program, and disaster donations and volunteering. A 25-member commission appointed by the governor is in charge of overseeing the agency.