Thursday, March 7, 2013
Learn how to help your neighbors in case of an emergency
Do you want to know how to take action and help the community during an emergency - whether it's a fire, medical issue or natural disaster? In February 2013, Matawan and Aberdeen officially combined services with a shared Community Emergency Response Team. CERT is nationwide initiative set in motion after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The program falls under the Office of Emergency management and according to Aberdeen Township's website, members are trained to respond to emergencies and can provide "critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site." Volunteers do not need any prior emergency training or knowledge, just a dedication to helping …
Friday, November 2, 2012
During the worst of the storm, the CERT volunteers assisted the Emergency Office of Communications
Matawan-Aberdeen Community Emergency Response Team volunteers crammed in to a tiny radio room at the Aberdeen Dist. 1 Fire Co. on Lloyd Road while Sandy made landfall and then barreled through Monmouth County. CERT is a volunteer branch of the Office of Emergency Management. According to Aberdeen Township's website, members are trained to respond to emergencies and can provide "critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site." As the wind whipped and the tides surged, they manned the radios and phones alongside Fire Chief Gary Bellone and OEM Communications Coordinator Herb Caravella, who ran the Emergency Office of Communications. They logged downed trees…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Members of Matawan-Aberdeen's Community Emergency Response Team volunteered their time over the weekend to help with the water crisis.
Volunteers from Matawan-Aberdeen's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) spent hours over the weekend helping with relief efforts after a bridge collapsed over New Jersey American Water Company pipes on Friday, causing them to break. CERT Coordinator Herb Caravella said volunteers were called to assist with efforts in Middletown, where they helped to direct traffic and distribute cases of bottled water to Monmouth County residents affected by the water main break. "We were there for 11 hours on Saturday, working in three to four hour shifts," Caravella said. "Then again on Sunday." Matawan and Aberdeen began forming a joint response team late last year. CERT is part of a nationwide effort that was initiated after 9/11.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
You never know when a disaster or medical emergency will strike.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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 twenty 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 …