Garden Grove Community Emergency Response Team

 
MISSION STATEMENT: The purpose of Garden Grove CERT is two-fold:
  1. To provide Basic Emergency Preparedness Training to people who live and/or work in the City of Garden Grove, CA.
  2. Develop a cadre of trained and willing volunteers to aid Garden Grove's Professional Emergency Responders in the event of a declared emergency.
Our motto is: "Neighbors Helping Neighbors," and we believe in proving you the training and tools to help yourself, your family and your community.

"See Something, Say Something"

Be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activities.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a national campaign to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and violent crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper authorities.

The Department of Homeland Security site with Video (10 minutes)
DHS

Los Angeles Police Department Video
(6 minutes)
LAPD

Report Suspicious Activity to Local Law Enforcement or Call 911.

A critical element of the DHS mission is ensuring that the civil rights and civil liberties of persons are not diminished by our security efforts, activities, and programs. Consequently, the "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign respects civil rights or civil liberties by emphasizing behavior, rather than appearance, in identifying suspicious activity.

Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity. Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal partners.

The "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign is being launched in conjunction with the rollout of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI). The NSI is an administration-wide effort to develop, evaluate, and implement common processes and policies for gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing information about terrorism-related suspicious activities. Led by the Department of Justice, the NSI is implemented in partnership with state and local officials across the nation.

Both the "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign and the NSI underscore the concept that homeland security begins with hometown security, where an alert public plays a critical role in keeping our nation safe.