Crisis Event Response and Recovery Access (CERRA) 


What is CERRA?

The Crisis Event Response and Recovery Access (CERRA) represents a nationwide effort sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council (ESSCC) to create a nationwide standard for access after emergency events. CERRA is designed to allow emergency management, law enforcement, and businesses to coordinate access and ensure predictable, expedited, and efficient economic recovery. 

CERRA uses a local approach in which jurisdictions use the CERRA Framework to adopt their own Emergency Access Program that allows them to become interoperable nationwide, and also include various additions and amendments that are crucial to their individual jurisdiction. This process is coordinated through TruEntry to ensure that each jurisdiction can understand the exact steps they need to take in order to get involved with CERRA and that they can participate with ease. 

CERRA Framework


What is the CERRA Framework?

The CERRA Framework is the DHS published document that establishes a best practices approach to emergency access. This framework has been compiled with the help of DHS and hundreds of other participants ranging from sector working groups, to local/state law enforcement, and local/state emergency management. The framework is designed to ensure that jurisdictions who follow its guidelines will be interoperable with the nationwide emergency access process.

Need a Quick One-Page Reference Guide on CERRA?

The below button links to the DHS CERRA One-Pager which includes some basic information about CERRA, as well as contact information in case you want to download and distribute this information to anyone else

CERRA Involvement


How do I get my jurisdiction or organization to participate in CERRA?

Participation in CERRA is a very easy process which we are here to help guide you through. The following steps outline exactly what you need to do in order to start the process of CERRA participation:

1. Contact a CERRA Outreach Representative

Reach out to a CERRA representative today who can answer your questions and help guide you through the next steps to participating within CERRA.

2.  Set-up a CERRA Presentation (Webinar/In-Person) for your jurisdiction

A CERRA outreach representative will be able to come to your jurisdiction or provide a webinar presentation in which your key stakeholders can participate and better understand the important aspects of adopting a CERRA emergency access program.

3. CERRA Working Group

A CERRA outreach representative will help the jurisdiction set up a group that will review the CERRA Framework with their key stakeholders. This Working Group will focus on any amendmants to the CERRA Framework that are jurisdiction specific. These will help ensure that the individual jurisdiction can control their own program and also be interoperable nationwide. 

Once this process is complete your CERRA outreach representative will review any outstanding tasks to ensure your jurisdiction is prepared to implement their own CERRA emergency access program!