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WHAT ROLE DOES A COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM PLAY AFTER A DISASTER?

During the initial hours following a catastrophic disaster, emergency services personnel may be overloaded and not be able to help everyone immediately – you can make a difference by using your training to help save lives and protect property.

You, your neighborhood and your community may be on your own for a period of time because of the size of the area affected, lost communications and impassable roads. FEMA advises that in a crisis, you should plan to be totally on your own for at least 3 days.

WHAT IS THE NORTH PORT CERT?

The North Port Community Emergency Response Team (NP CERT) program educates people in preparedness for natural or man-made disasters that may impact our area. NP CERT members are trained in basic disaster preparedness, survival and response skills including: team organization, fire safety, disaster medical operations and light search and rescue.

The program is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. With training and practice and by working as a team, you will be able to do the greatest good for the greatest number of victims after a disaster – while protecting yourself from becoming a victim.

Using skills developed during classroom training and field exercises, CERT members are prepared to assist others immediately after a disaster has occurred, providing basic levels of support and care to their families and neighbors in need.