CERC’s missions are to help Californians become better prepared for disasters and to be on call for deployment in response to disasters throughout the state. When not on deployment, CERC members work with regional partners and focus on priorities such as helping local communities respond to, prepare, and recover from disasters; navigating the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic; working to combat food inequities in vulnerable communities; assisting educational opportunity and economic mobility for communities experiencing persistent unemployment or underemployment; and other services that increase civic engagement and social cohesion.
What do California Emergency Response Corps Members do?
CERC Members deploy to California declared emergency operations, empower community-based partnerships, and serve the most vulnerable community members through local partner placements. Each service site has its own individual structure and policies, but all California Emergency Response Corps Members:
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● Age 18 years or older
● U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident
● Live locally to nonprofit partner for day-to-day service
● Ability to deploy on short notice anywhere in California for disaster response four times yearly for up to two weeks each deployment
● Two years professional or volunteer experience (in related fields), or Bachelor’s Degree
● Ability to speak Spanish or other non-English language strongly preferred
When do we deploy?
With as little as 24-48 hours notice, CERC members may be deployed up to four times, two weeks at a time during their service term. CERC is activated for deployment by the Governor’s Office and California Volunteers (CV).