So Many Disasters Lately… CERT May Help

Anna Carpenter

It has been a while since we pitched the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program; I don’t know about you but in hearing about the earthquakes on the “other side” of the US I thought of my need to re-check the emergency supplies and refresh my knowledge of preparedness. The Fire Department does a great job of educating people about disaster preparedness and training them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Some years ago the MWA spearheaded the effort to create an emergency evacuation plan for the hill, and we still have a map that shows all the routes we are to take and the ones we should leave open for the Fire and Police Departments. There will be copies of the map available at our next general meeting and I will post them as well on the Bulletin Board at the school and on the MWA Facebook page.

If you want to take the class series provided by CERT go to www.citizencorps.gov/cert/. I highly recommend it, I have taken them myself and I am thinking of doing a refresher course soon. It is an action packed atmosphere and very hands-on. Super good information to have, you never know when you will need it.

 

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