Members of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) are volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victim and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. These incidents include homicides, suicides, serious traffic accidents, natural deaths and multi-casualty incidents. For more information contact LACRT@lacity.org.
Joining the CRT satisfies an urge I have every time there is a disaster somewhere in the world: to go and help. But somehow Haiti and Japan and even New Orleans were always beyond me. Los Angeles, though–I live here–so when I saw the call for applicants, I lined up.
We finished our training on Wednesday. Graduation day–with the Mayor attending and maybe me speaking–is coming up soon. My first shift is Saturday. Yikes!