Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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SamLinder
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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

I last completed CERT training back in May 2001, so I'm a little rusty on my skills by now. Probably should take a refresher course. Undecided

Taking CERT training or organizing yourself as described below is a good thing to do and can be done in the near term so that you are prepared for the long term. Check to see if a program is offered near you - it may even be free like mine was.

http://justincasebook.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/cert-team/

After this winter’s ice storm, my community decided to meet to form
a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This a team of community
members trained by FEMA to respond to emergencies until state and
federal teams arrive. After reviewing the procedures and demands
required to become certified, we decided to forgo the acronym and
design our own team with our own strengths and needs in mind.

Decisions like this give me hope for the future. We are so used to
giving up our power for the mantle of protection offered by some
governmental agency or other. Fearful people can  behave like children,
looking for the direction and approval of an adult before making a move.
The problem with behaving like a child is that one is then invariably
treated like a child. I know of too many cases of hearing those
infamous words, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”, and all
of the sudden someone is telling you where to go and when to go there.
There is some help I would rather do without.

Our little committee designed a short survey so we will know who
lives where and is likely to need help in a crisis. We will know who is
elderly or alone or disabled. We have a couple of people in town who
rely on grid powered equipment for medical reasons and we have put a
plan in place to deliver generators to those folks. We also set up a
community shelter plan along with a plan to check on people who might
need transportation. We made a water plan and a food and cooking plan,
a sanitation plan and a communication plan. No one who doesn’t want to
participate would be required to. You’d be surprised how quickly this
plan was put together when we didn’t have imposed standards and rule to
abide by.

The past decade has brought many folks to the realization that the
government may not always have our best interests at heart. It may not
always know what’s best for any one group of people and it certainly
does not have all the answers. Heck-it doesn’t even have the right
questions. Every time you have the chance to look out for yourself and
the people you love, grab it. Every time you can learn something, grow
something, rise to a challenge, face a fear, do-it-yourself or take a
stand, it behooves you to see it as a gift and an opportunity. Read
some history. Remember our roots.

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Re: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Thanks for posting this!

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