City Teams With Volunteers to Prepare for Water Related Emergencies. Volunteers from more than 50 teams will help to ensure that nearly 150,000 catch basins and 110,000 fire hydrants across the five boroughs operate at optimal levels New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Vincent Sapienza recently joined NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM) Commissioner Joseph Esposito to announce that the agencies have teamed up to combat water-related emergencies through NYC Emergency Management’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs). CERTs are groups of dedicated volunteers who help prepare their neighbors and communities for different types of disasters. Through this partnership, teams will provide community support to monitor and respond to water emergencies and assist in various roles. CERT volunteers will help to report suspected water conditions to 311, dig out snow-covered hydrants, clear leaves and other debris from catch…

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