Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)
GREEN BROOK'S COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
Green Brook CERT Team Members:
CERT Chief, Bob Longo
Wiline Belfort Neptune
CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.
For more information about how to become a local CERT volunteer, please email Douglas J. Vornlocker or call (908) 725-5070.
Somerset County offers two free CERT training programs in the spring and fall. For more information email Tony DeMatteo or call (908) 725-5070.
Q: What is CERT?
A: CERT: The Community Emergency Response Team - A program that helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. CERT is a critical program in the effort to engage everyone in America in making their communities safer, more prepared and more resilient when incidents occur.
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.
Q: What CERT Teams Do?
A: 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 responder efforts.
Q: is there more to CERT?
A: it is a key component of our State's community preparedness and participation initiative is the Citizen Corps Program. Citizen Corps provides opportunity for citizen volunteers to become active and involved in homeland security and emergency management activities designed to make individuals, their families and their communities safer, stronger and better prepared to deal with a terrorist attack or a natural disaster. Citizen Corps offers five (5) core programs:
• Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
• Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
• Neighborhood Watch (NW)
• Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS)
• Fire Corps (FC)
In addition, Citizen Corps advocates and supports citizen involvement in any other volunteer oriented program designed and/or formed to support these goals.
Our State strategy for Citizen Corps program implementation and overall citizen preparedness is based on a teamwork, partnership and collaboration approach. Citizen Corps programs and activities are coordinated by a network of Councils established to facilitate the growth and development of the programs. New Jersey was the first state to achieve 100% coverage of its citizenry by a network of Councils statewide.
CERT is our most successful program to date.
Q: Who can join CERT?
A: Anyone. There are many levels of participation, from administrative and communications maintenance to field disaster support
Q: Why CERT?
A: Effective response requires comprehensive planning and coordination of all who will be involved government, volunteer groups, private businesses, schools and community organizations. With training and information, individuals and community groups can be prepared to serve as a crucial resource capable of performing many of the emergency functions needed in the immediate post disaster period. The CERT Program is designed to train individuals to be assets to help communities prepare for effective disaster response.________________________________________
Q: I'm already a volunteer or career EMT/Firefighter/Police Officer. Can I help train the CERT Teams?
A: If you are interested in becoming a part of the instructional team for the local CERT, contact your municipal emergency management coordinator, or the county CERT Coordinators listed above.
Q: What will CERT do for me?
A Build the community
A The CERT mission should meet the needs and expectations of individuals who want to volunteer
A CERT team members will be provided with adequate training for the job they are expected to perform
Q: How did CERT form?
A: The CERT concept dates back to 1985, when the Los Angeles Fire Department recognized that in the early stages of a 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.
Q: What about CERT Training?
A: If you join a CERT, you will receive basic-level training in the following areas:
• Emergency Preparedness
• Disaster Medical Operations
• Fire Suppression
• Light Search and Rescue Operations
• CERT Operations/Incident Command System
• Disaster Psychology
• Terrorism Awareness
• Disaster Simulation -- Skills Review
Total training is usually about 20 hours, scheduled in 2- 4 hour modules, over a period of weeks or months, in order to address the scheduling needs of team members. It's held in the community or county where you live.