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Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: Developing a culture of community preparedness

December 4, 2019
By Barbara Pavcovich , Pine Island Eagle

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training provides confidence that, should an emergency situation arise in our communities, we are able to respond quickly and efficiently, compassionately caring for ourselves and one another until the helping professionals can arrive.

The following 30 second video gives a great (and very brief) rundown of what CERT is and of what CERT training entails.

The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. Since 1993, when FEMA support for the program began, FEMA-supported CERT programs have been implemented in communities across the country, building stronger, more resilient communities through teaching essential skills to prepare for, and respond to any disaster. There are now CERT programs in all 50 states including many US territories each unique in its community but all essential to building a Culture of Preparedness.

CERT training will be offered through our Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Department beginning in March 2020. Classes have been tentatively scheduled for nine consecutive Saturdays (9 a.m .to noon) and will be held at Pine Island Station #1.

If you would like to participate, please call 239-628-7708 with your name and number.

There is no cost for CERT training.

The Beacon of HOPE is located at 5090 Doug Taylor Circle, St. James City. For additional information, call 239-283-5123.



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