2012-09-21 / Community

Emergency Preparedness Event Takes Place This Saturday, Sept.22

Community Emergency Response Team #14 (CERT) will be hosting a national emergency preparedness event on the boardwalk at Beach 74 Street on Saturday, September 22. C.E.R.T will be in partnership with Ready Rockaway, a community based emergency preparedness organization and the Rockaway Youth Task Force, a youth organization which strives for social change in the Rockaways through youth leadership.

CERT is a group of trained emergency preparedness professionals and community leaders in the Rockaway area. They are getting Rockaway ready by sharing important information for effective emergency preparedness. CERT14 is trained to support the efforts of New York City’s first responders and they undergo an intensive 10-week training program that raises awareness about emergencies and disasters.

In addition, they provide basic response skills needed for fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, and traffic control. After graduating, teams support their local communities by assisting with emergency education and response. During non-emergency situations, NYC CERTs educate their communities on emergency preparedness by working with the Ready New York program and building community disaster networks.

For their emergency preparedness event they have teamed up with Ready Rockaway, which will also provide information about emergency preparedness. Display boards will be set up and RYTF members will be there to help participants learn and understand the information provided. Community residents will also have the opportunity to join any of the three organizations.

“We are looking for new members who want to be involved in helping to spread the word about emergency preparedness to our community and who are willing to be trained to respond in the event of an emergency,” said Donna Gueren, CERT 14 Team Leader.

A tornado recently hit the Rockaways and last year NYC experienced an earthquake and a tropical storm. Now that everyone can see that the peninsula is vulnerable to those disasters, the community has a choice to get more prepared when it comes to emergencies.

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