The President of the United States has called for the initiation of community based programs to prepare our citizens for natural and manmade disasters and in doing so he has created the Citizen's Corps under which the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program falls.
The Tri-County Community Emergency Response Team is comprised of volunteer citizen teams who are trained in basic life safety and emergency preparedness skills. The program is community based in order to provide rapid and safe care for our citizens in the event of a major incident or large scale disaster.
Emergency responders may not be immediately available in the event of a catastrophic incident. Tri-County CERT volunteers can make a difference through the implementation of Tri-County CERT Policies and Procedures.
Essential to this implementation is citizen commitment with an emphasis on participation, coordination and communication. Tri-County CERT volunteers are not intended to replace emergency responders, but instead to provide basic care, stabilization and information until emergency responders are available to respond.
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Ease stress on the emergency response system and enhance welfare of the community by assisting emergency managers in meeting identified needs during times of emergency and natural disaster. Doing so will model the principle of neighbors helping neighbors; strengthen the knowledge, skills and abilities of team members and potentially save lives and property.
Provide the public the skills to be self-sufficient in an emergency and foster ownership of emergency preparedness among neighbors and in the community.
Provide team members opportunities to grow their knowledge, skills and abilities.
Create opportunities for fellowship among members in ways that build cohesiveness and attract and retain new members.