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 (TriCERT) is comprised of volunteer citizen teams who are trained in basic life safety and emergency prepardness skills. The program is community based in order to provide rapid and safe care for our sitizens in the event of a major incident or large scale diaster.
Emergency responders may not be immediately available in the event of a catastrophic incident. TriCERT volunteers can make a difference through the implementation of TriCERT Policies and Procedures.
Essential to this implementation is citizen commitment with an emphasis on participation, coordination and communication. TriCERT volunteers are not intended to replace emergency responders, but instead to provide basic care, stabilization and information until emergency repsonders are available to respond.
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The CERT program helps train citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members should give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.