Rockaway Point Responders At OEM Training
The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has announced the next phase of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings throughout the City. Five new CERTs will begin an extensive, 11-week training program. Upon their completion of the training program, the number of CERTs in the five boroughs will rise to 27. A team comprised to members of the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department as well as several other local residents will take part in the training. The team will represent Community Board 14, which takes in Rockaway, Breezy Point and Broad Channel.
The CERT program aims to help individuals take a more active role in emergency response and preparedness. CERT members are trained in basic disaster response skills so they can assist emergency response personnel during crises in their communities. CERT members are taught by members of OEM, as well as the Fire and Police Departments. They learn basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and medical operations. CERTs also work to educate residents about the many hazards they may face and ways they can better prepare for all types of emergencies.
OEM plans to have one CERT in every Community Board in the City by the end of 2006. Individuals interested in starting a CERT in their community, or joining an existing team, should call 311 or visit OEM’s website: www. nyc.gov/oem.