On Wednesday, March 21st a free six series course preparing individuals interested serving on a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will begin at the Atlantic Hook and Ladder Company of the Port Washington Fire Department located at 25 Carlton Avenue in Port Washington, New York. The course will convene from 7 – 10 PM weekly for six weeks ending on May 2nd.
This is a countywide program designed to train those interested in disaster response and recovery skills. Instruction will be lead by the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management. Topics covered will include fire safety, search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
The Community Emergency Response Team concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985…
The training program…furthers the process of citizens understanding their responsibility in preparing for disaster. It also increases their ability to safely help themselves, their family and their neighbors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes the importance of preparing citizens. The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and the National Fire Academy adopted and expanded the CERT materials believing them applicable to all hazards.
The CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it. This individual will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. Additionally, if a community wants to supplement its response capability after a disaster, civilians can be recruited and trained as neighborhood, business, and government teams that, in essence, will be auxiliary responders. These groups can provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources following a disaster. Since 1993 when this training was made available nationally by FEMA, communities in 28 States and Puerto Rico have conducted CERT training.
(from the Citizen Corps Website http://citizencorps.gov/cert/about.shtm)
For more information about this program and to sign up for this important opportunity visit Nassau County's