The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. It also trains individuals 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. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Why CERT?: Hurricanes Andrew, Hugo and Floyd , tornadoes, large wildfires, hazardous materials incidents and acts of terrorism have clearly shown that during the initial hours following a disaster, emergency personnel can become overloaded. First responders might be unable to reach areas or are too short of personnel to respond. Regular citizens have often pitched in to help people in their immediate neighborhood. CERT training gives you the decision-making and physical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors and business associates in an efficient and effective manner without placing yourself in unnecessary danger.
When, how and where is CERT? CERT is “now”. Our local CERT teams are your neighbors, friends and business colleagues who are trained to make a difference. Monroe Marauder CERT members partake in a 21-hour basic training program. On-going education is provided to ensure our vehicles can be used during emergency operations. Maintenance and recovery techniques are also covered. Monroe Marauders, in keeping with the CERT principle, also develops fuel that can be used in our multi-fuel vehicles. In times of isolation we can perform our tasks regardless of conventional fuel supplies being available.
A CERT team can manage utilities, put out small fires, provide lifesaving interventions, perform basic search and rescue operations, assist in damage assessment, evacuation and rapid sheltering. Administrative support and organizing positions are also available. CERT is active in over 30 Florida counties with over 5,000 neighborhood trained personnel. It is a local program formed through your fire department, police/sheriff department, office of emergency management, volunteer center or other sponsor. For more information contact us here at Marauders and we’ll be glad to educate you to the process of helping our community.