City of Bristol CERT

On April 23, 2023 Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) held the yearly state CCM Symposium at Camp NETT, Niantic, Connecticut. Various sessions were held throughout the day pertaining to the emergency preparedness posture for the state of Connecticut. Bristol had 4 members in attendance. One important session presented was on the upcoming hurricane season starting in June and with all indications it is expected to have more in 2024 than in previous years.

Several state departments had displays of equipment available to be deployed for any emergencies the state may experience.


Mission Statement

 The City of Bristol Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is comprised of volunteer citizens, who are trained in basic life safety and emergency preparedness skills. The program is community based in order to provide rapid and safe care for our residents and to provide support to the City’s emergency personnel in the event of a major incident or large scale disaster. The Bristol CERT Team has made Shelter Administration its primary focus as a means of building team and community awareness, trust and reliability. The team has and will continue further training in order to provide residents and first responders with the most effective support. It will also focus on public education in order to increase the emergency preparedness of all residents in the community. The Bristol CERT Team will expand its mission over time and will specialize in, but not be limited to:
  • Shelter Management
  • Traffic Control
  • Support for City sponsored events
  • Ham radio Communications
  • Aid and assistance with Point of Distribution (POD) activities
  • Assistance with SUV (Spontaneous Unsolicited Volunteers)
  • Coordination with Web EOC
  • Public (Adult and Child) education for home emergency preparedness
  • Enhanced and expanded knowledge through specialized, invited trainers
  • Search & Rescue through training and being available to first responders when called upon

Monthly meetings are open to the public and held the 2nd Thursday of the month Jan-Nov at 6:30pm

at the Bristol Senior Center, Room 109 located at 240 Stafford Ave, Bristol, CT. 

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