The Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) was developed in 1985 by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department. They realized that citizens would be on their own during a major disaster. So they decided that the citizens would need some basic training of survival and rescue. This training would show them how to help themselves and others until help arrives. As of 1993, there are 8000 people and 225 teams that have been trained in California alone. Today CERT has spread to at least 38 states and several countries. CERT trains an individual in the basic knowledge of how to cop with a small fire, assisting in first aid or even working on stopping a flood. A trained CERT will bond with the community they serve. More importantly, CERT members will receive basic training to allow them to safeguard their families and their community in times of crisis. South Toms River CERT coordinator is looking to recruit members from the community. These members will take a 20 hour training course. The course will cover disaster preparedness in fire suppression, medical operations. Light search and rescue operations, disaster psychology, team organization and terrorism.
For more information about CERT contact: Kevin McCormack, Councilman & Coordinator William Gleason, Deputy Coordinator Daniel DeCross, EMS, Deputy Coordinator Danny DeCross RERP, Fire Dept, EMS Andrew J Howard RERP Adam McCormack RERP Linda Petty, Police Department 144 Mill Street So. Toms River, N.J. 08757, 732-349-0313.
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES AND SAFETY TIPS
Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days. Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit with items you may need in an evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks, duffle bags or covered trash containers.
Evacuate immediately if told to do so:
If you’re sure you have time:
Check for damage in your home:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Family Protection Program and the American Red Cross’ Disaster Education Program are nationwide efforts to help citizens prepare for disasters of all types. For more information, please contact your local emergency management or civil defense office, and your local American Red Cross chapter. Start planning now.
Local sponsorship provided by: The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management