Aberdeen Township Seeking Volunteers for CERT Team
- Organization: Aberdeen Township Office of Emergency Management
- Contact person: Herb Caravella
- Phone: 732-583-4200, ext. 799
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.state.nj.us/njoem
The Aberdeen Township Office of Emergency Management is seeking volunteers for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
The CERT program, a nationwide initiative, helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help improve the safety of the community.
CERT participants will be required to undergo 20 hours of instruction over an eight-week period. Classes will be taught by emergency responders, including firefighters, emergency medical and law enforcement personnel from the community. The training, set to begin mid-June, will also enable volunteers to better protect themselves and their families from natural or man-made disasters. The course includes the following:
Disaster Fire Suppression
Disaster Medical Operations
Light Search and Rescue Operations
Disaster Psychology and Team Organization
CERTs have been used to search for missing children, assist with environmental emergencies, staff emergency operations centers, and assist Red Cross and other relief organizations on mass care.
CERT members must be at least 18 years of age. Individuals interested in participating or learning more about the program can contact Herb Caravella, Aberdeen CERT Coordinator at 732-583-4200 ext. 799 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also log onto www.state.nj.us/njoem or www.citizencorps.gov/cert.