In many Maine communities and counties, emergency management is supported by volunteer teams that have received special training to support first responders and perform important response functions. Most of these teams receive basic training as Community Emergency Response Teams, and then may specialize in a particular type of response such as amateur radio or animal and pet care.
The team list is just a sampling of the active teams around the state. If you are interested in finding and joining a team, or in starting on up in your area, contact: County Emergency Management Agencies
Androscoggin County CERT
Androscoggin Unified EMA is the support agency for the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The Androscoggin County CERT meets every last Monday of the month at the EOC at 5:30 PM.
Caribou has one of the active CERT Teams in Maine, and train regularly under the direction of the Caribou EMA Director. Caribou CERT has been active over the last number of years and has activated the team in response to severe weather and public safety events, as well as supporting various community functions.
Franklin County CERT
The Franklin County CERT is a team of volunteers, the Citizen Emergency Response Team, who meet monthly and are ready to assist the FCEMA director in an emergency situation.
Hancock County Emergency Communications Team
The Hancock Emergency Management Agency is the point of contact for this ARES/RACES team.
Knox County ARES/RACES-CERT
The Knox County ARES/RACES-CERT is made up of volunteer Amateur Radio Operators from across Knox County. The team is a joint operation between Knox County EMA and the Penobscot Bay Amateur Radio Club. You can also find them on Facebook.
Mercer CERT (on Facebook)
The Mercer CERT serves their community but also deploys throughout Somerset County and to other areas through mutual aid.
OXCART: Oxford County Animal Response Team (on Facebook)
OXCART's motto is "Helping People, Helping Animals."
Penobscot County Maine Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Communications Team
We are a registered volunteer organization that provides emergency communications via Amateur Radio to served agencies here within Penobscot County and also to surrounding counties on a mutual aid basis.
Somerset County Animal Response Team/CART (on Facebook)
The Somerset County Animal Response Team works to address the needs of animals during natural or man-made disasters. The number one reason people refuse to evacuate their homes during an emergency is because they don't want to leave a pet behind.
If your team has a web presence, is not listed here and you would like it to be, please contact us.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.
FEMA: Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when first responders are not immediately available to help and assist in community preparedness.
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service/RACES
RACES stands for "Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service," a protocol created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission. Many government agencies across the country train their Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) volunteers using the RACES protocol. The volunteers serve their respective jurisdictions pursuant to guidelines and mandates established by local emergency management officials.