Proposed CERT Program Gains Support from Tenafly Residents
What is CERT?
CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team.
What do they do?
Members of CERT program aid first repsonders/OEM, police, and fire departments during emergencies, disasters, and other incidents. More specifically, the CERT program has been called upon to assist the staff of emergency operation centers, helping to manage an event such as a hurricane. Additonally, their help plays a vital roll in the search efforts for lost or kidnapped children. Each member will have their own portable radio for direct contact to the deputy OEM coordinator as well as a CERT bag with various essential equipment.
How is a CERT program established?
A specified number of volunteers must be signed up and have completed training before the State Police is scheduled to come in for a team evaluation. If the team is certified, the borough will receive a trailer with necessary equipment. The program will also receive $1,500 from the state to be used for "as needed" items.
Who can participate in the CERT program?
Any resident, aged 18 or older can apply. Applicants are subject to a background check before joining.
Upon enrollment in the program, what is required of a CERT member?
Over a seven-week period, members of a CERT team must take a total of 40 hours of training courses, including: disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, disaster medical operations part I and II, light search and rescue operations, disaster psychology and team organization, and course review and disaster simulation.
For more information, please visit: www.state.nj.us/njoem/citizen/cert.html