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Disaster Service Volunteer Programs

Within the City of Torrance, Disaster Service Volunteers serve the community during large-scale disasters.  These volunteers also play an important role during non-disaster events such as, disaster exercises, special events and public relations activities.

The State of California requires that  disaster volunteer programs register their volunteers; administer an oath of loyalty to the State of California and the United States of America; provide a basic level of training regarding the State's Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and a provide a basic safety training for all volunteers.  Compliance with these requirements ensures coverage by the State's Workers Compensation Program.

Volunteers are issued identification cards to facilitate their efforts in a disaster.

Listed below are the City of Torrance's Disaster Service Volunteer Programs.


cert Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies occur, CERT members can give critical support to 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. (more....)


tara Torrance Amateur Radio Association (TARA)

The Torrance Amateur Radio Association volunteer program provides emergency communications during a major communications outage.  Utilizing a seven-band ham station coupled with licensed amateur radio operators stationed throughout the community, TARA ensures vital information is shared among first responders. (more... )