CERA (Catastrophic Emergency Response Agency) is a federal agency which was created to deal with large-scale natural disasters. In Tom Clancy's The Division, they are the group most focused on halting and containing the spread of the Green Poison virus.
Pre-Game Lore Edit
CERA was created to help deal with large-scale natural disasters, when the situation was overwhelming local and state relief efforts. It can be assumed that CERA was also in New York when Hurricane Sandy hit (since the former has been mentioned in the game several times over).
Tom Clancy's The Division Edit
Initial Outbreak Edit
During the first few weeks of the outbreak, CERA was not sent into Manhattan, as it was initially thought that the disease spreading was a more potent version of the flu.
Shortly after however, they were bought in New York when hospitals and clinics became overwhelmed with patients and state relief efforts were under the risk of failing.
During the First Wave Edit
When the First Wave of Division agents was deployed, CERA was in charge of all field hospitals, treatment centers, Safe Houses, supervised the construction of the Dark Zone, and was the organization that dug up the mass graves to bury the bodies. They also employed volunteers to help them ration out food and supplies to civilians in need. Vehicles (from cars to transport CERA officials to shipping eight-wheeler trucks) can be found all over the New York City and were used to adequately deliver much-needed supplies.
However, food, medical, and personnel shortages led to increased riotings, to the point where the Joint Task Force (who were in charge of protecting these supplies and personnel) couldn't handle it. After the major disaster of the Dark Zone, along with the First Wave Division agents going MIA, forced CERA to pull out along-side the JTF, and CERA support from all hospitals and treatment centers ended.
CERA has been incredibly weakened at this point, with very little manpower. However, despite this lack of manpower, CERA still continues to treat the sick and research for a cure along side local doctors and nurses, although this research and treatment is limited to those who stay in the Base of Operations and some Safe Houses.
New York Collapse Edit
In New York Collapse (an Interactive novel based on the Survival Guide in game) there is a yellow sign from CERA stating that they'll be in the neighborhood vaccinating everyone against smallpox. This is before CERA lost their grip on supply delivery, and before they discovered that the smallpox strain was heavily mutated, rendering the vaccine useless.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Edit
Active CERA operations in D.C. most likely ended with the evacuation of the JTF from D.C., or followed shortly afterward. CERA checkpoints, camps, evacuation points, and treatment facilities are scattered throughout the city, yet none of these facilities are active due to the complete collapse of security, supply chains, and communication in D.C. CERA, in joint operations with the JTF, attempted to create quarantines and mass treatment facilities like the Roosevelt Island Quarantine and the Potomac Event Center Treatment Facility but ultimately failed, leading to the rise of the Outcasts. CERA's role in the Washington, D.C. narrative is essentially nonexistent at this point in the game, with the faction's personnel and capabilities having evaporated with the JTF pullout. However, the doctors who work in the health clinics at the various settlements as well as at the Base of Operations are most likely related to or are associated with CERA.
In Warlords of New York, CERA's presence in the city has also been dismal, with no active operations being visible to the player. CERA crates, barricades, outposts, and trucks can be found throughout the city, like the JTF shelter in Two Bridges and on Liberty Island (used as an evacuation point). It is also inferred that CERA is supplying the JTF, Division, and civilian installations around the country when acting Division Commander Faye Lau and Captain Roy Benitez talk about CERA shipments and troop counts. Instead of operating as an actual faction, CERA has now taken the role of supplying the JTF and Division with food, medicine, and water.
The Division Edit
Unlike the JTF, CERA has no role, gameplay-wise. They are mostly a background faction, usually requesting agents to collect data during Encounters, and play a bigger role than usual during the mission Hudson Refugee Camp, where both CERA and JTF doctors and soldiers who are first aid-certified arrive on the scene to take blood samples from the survivors.
CERA workers can be found in the Base of Operations (usually in the Medical Wing) treating sick or wounded JTF soldiers and/or civilians, and can be found in a few safe houses.
The Division 2 Edit
By this time, CERA is a shadow faction - it is known that they were in D.C., there is no indicators that they are still operating fully in the city. It is widely assumed that medics and workers have either merged in with the JTF and work in the Sick Bay, left when the bulk force of the JTF pulled out of the city, or were violently murdered by the hostile factions in the city.
Real Life Counterpart Edit
The real-life counterpart of CERA is FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), as both are federal agencies that are dispatched when local and state relief efforts have failed or been overwhelmed from natural disasters. Their logos are also similar when compared.
- If agents pay attention to notice signs and banners put up by CERA, they will see a line at the bottom of said signs and banners referring to a law called 'Quarantine Act of 1908'
- However, there is no such law active in the United States. The actual US law being called the 'National Quarantine Act', which gives the federal government the power to set up and enforce quarantine procedures.
- The Division references the 'Quarantine Act 1908' which was actually an Australian law. However, that has since been replaced with the 'Biosecurity Act 2015'