Point Pleasant Borough Office of Emergency Management  ​​



Deputy CERT Coordinator 
Jenna L. Caparino

CERT Coordinator 
Steven A. Gerrity

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
ABOUT THE CERT PROGRAM

During the 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush asked Americans to volunteer their services in order to improve and safeguard their country.  Harnessing the spirit of cooperation that developed as a result of the tragic events of September 11th, he created the Citizen Corps Program to organize volunteer services in the areas of crime, natural disasters and terrorism.  The Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, is a part of the Citizen Corps Program.
CERT - THEN AND NOW

The CERT concept dates back to 1985, when the Los Angeles Fire Department recognized that in the early stages of disaster - earthquakes in particular - local emergency responders would be overwhelmed, and basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of community members to survive until responders or other assistance arrived. Recognizing the universal value of this program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) worked in conjunction with the LAFD to make the CERT program applicable to all types of hazards and developed a CERT training program which could be used nationwide and adapted to meet local conditions when the need arose.
The tragic events of September 11 remind us that disaster can strike anywhere or anytime, and that basic safety and disaster survival skills can mean the difference between life and death.  CERT training empowers community members to prepare responsibly and respond appropriately when emergencies occur.

WHAT CERT TEAMS DO

CERT members give critical support to first responders in emergencies, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site, and collect disaster intelligence to support first responders.


ABOUT CERT TRAINING

The CERT training consists of 20 hours of instruction over an 8 week period. Classes are taught by emergency responders including fire fighters, emergency medical and law enforcement personnel from your community.

The course includes the following:

Session 1 - Disaster Preparedness
Introduction to disasters specific to the community and the impact of disaster on infrastructure

Session 2 - Disaster Fire Suppression
Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards and basic fire suppression

Session 3 - Disaster Medical Operations
Treatment strategies for life-threatening conditions and principles of triage

Session 4 - cont. Disaster Medical Operations
Head to toe patient assessment and treatment for various injuries

Session 5 - Light Search & Rescue Operations
Techniques for sizing up and searching, lifting, cribbing and removing victims; rescue safety

Session 6 - Disaster Psychology & Team Organization
The post-disaster emotional environment will be discussed. CERT organization, decision making and documentation

Session 7 - Terrorism
 A brief overview of terrorism weapons. Identifying targets in an area and discuss time/distance/shielding

Session 8 - Final Exercise
Disaster simulation realistic  to your community

Training courses, student materials and equipment are provided free of charge.

ROLE OF CERTs IN AN EMERGENCY
The Point Pleasant Borough CERT is utilized to:

* Staff our Emergency Operations Center and monitor events

*Set up and staff temporary shelters during Hurricanes, Blizzards and other storms.

*Emergency Operations Center Security; driving, information, assisting disabled visitors and minor first aid


*Manage "spontaneous/convergent" volunteers


*Assist with Evacuations

*Assist Point Boro EMS with firefighter REHAB and Mass Casuility Response

 
*Assist Red Cross and other relief organizations on mass care

* Work as part of R.AC.E.S-RACES stands for "Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service," 

HOW CAN I JOIN?

  
To become a CERT Member, you must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license.

If you want to volunteer your services and become trained to protect yourself and families from disaster; natural or man-made or have questions on the CERT Program or to request their assistance complete the form below and hit "Submit". 
 
  



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