Networks of prepared individuals and local agencies that collaborate effectively reduce dependence on municipal services and mitigate the damage caused by large scale events. After a disaster, people want to help. Bridges of Love's Community Emergency Response Team training, assures a SAFE neighbours helping neighbours response. CERT is a grass-roots strategy that is both practical and realistic; strengthening community safety and preparedness, through increased civic participation. If the disaster is wide spread, only preparedness and training of the local community will provide security, until first responders arrive on the scene.