Emergency Management


Staff Contact:

Brady Smith , AICP
Principal Planner
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Suite 100
Pinellas Park, Florida 33782
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 42



John Meyer
Principal Planner
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Suite 100
Pinellas Park, Florida 33782
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 29

Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

Following a major disaster, communities will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their life saving and life sustaining needs. First responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand. If we can predict that emergency services will not meet immediate needs following a major disaster, especially if there is no warning, and people will spontaneously volunteer, what can be done to prepare citizens for this eventuality? Communities can form Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT). A CERT training course will:


  1. Present the facts about what to expect following a major disaster.
  2. Organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until fire and medical services arrive.
  3. Provide training in needed life saving skills with emphasis on first aid, search and rescue, damage assessment and neighborhood support in times of crisis.
  4. Spread the message to the other residents about responsibility for mitigation and preparedness.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State of Florida and local government recognize the importance of preparing citizens. Citizen Corps. Councils are currently being established in each of the Tampa Bay Counties in order to coordinate training opportunities. Successful CERTs can be community groups such as neighborhood associations, service organizations and religious organizations, business and industry workers, and local government workers. A CERT training course will benefit any citizen who takes it. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference!






 

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