Friday, January 15, 2010

CERT (indirectly) Plays Role In Haiti Disaster Response

Neighbors Helping Neighbors thanks and wishes the Urban Search and Rescue Teams safe travels as they respond to the disaster in Haiti.

But where does the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) fit in?

Ever wonder where these teams train and where they find volunteer victims? Members of the local CERT, as pictured below, serve as volunteer victims, as these teams train for these types of emergencies.

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Other Citizen Corps programs, such as the American Red Cross, are also preparing to provide services for residents from Haiti as they arrive into the United States.


Tom said...

I think CERT would play a huge role if a 7.0 earthquake shook domestic U.S. Search and Rescue teams would mobilize in areas that have strong CERT teams.

Anonymous said...

That is what we would hope. However, some programs are strong in training and outreach, and others are strong in mobilization. There are still programs that have self activation, in the event the fire department will not be able to respond for days.