Homeland Security & Emergency Management

2016 National Seasonal Preparedness - Be Prepared All Year Long​


​Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities.

When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical suppor tto first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community. 

The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders and community members who have completed a CERT train-the-trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in Emmitsburg, MD. 

Get more information on the CERT program and learn how to sign up for upcoming classes.

​Zika Virus

Concerned about the Zika virus? Zika (pronounced Zee-kuh) is primarily a mosquito-borne disease caused by a virus spread by Aedes aegypti​, the same mosquitos that spread dengue and the chikungunya viruses. For more information on Zika, click here

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Kevin Kalkbrenner
Emergency Management Director

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHS&EM) coordinates and integrates all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from or mitigate against threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorisms, or other human-caused disasters.
200 W. Washington Street, 14th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003-2295
PHONE:  (602) 534-0642
FAX:         (602) 534-9202​