What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a way for people from all walks of life to learn valuable basic skills used during disaster response. Some of the skills include things such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. By using the training learned through CERT training, new members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
Why in Bridgeport?
Bridgeport realizes the need for its citizens to have the ability to care for themselves and neighbors during and after a disaster. CERT training is one way to ensure this valuable ability. By becoming a CERT member, you will be taught how to prepare you homes and families for an emergency. Safety at home will allow the CERT team members the added ability to help their neighbors. Once neighborhoods are safe, CERT team members may be called on by City emergency workers to aid in disaster recovery elsewhere in the City.
How do I receive training?
Training is scheduled once a minimum number of interested individuals have signed up. Interested businesses, organizations, or groups may arrange for training at their specific location, if a minimum number of participants can be gathered. The training is best delivered to groups of at least 12, as CERT is centered on a team building concept; the greater numbers enhance this opportunity. Class times and duration may be structured to promote participation. The CERT member is issued a number of safety items upon completing their training. All expenses are covered by the City.
To learn more information, or to participate in the next CERT class, please contact Amy Romano, CERT instructor for the City of Bridgeport.