by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The Elburn team has a new website that will keep its members and the community informed.
Created by Scott Burgholzer, the website will provide descriptions of classes that are offered to the community and those CERT members are required to take minutes of every CERT meeting and a Members Only segment.
CERT received a federal grant of $5,500 for 2011-12. It has renovated the Mobile Command Trailer so that it is available if needed in an emergency. Seventy-five percent of its members have received training in severe weather spotting. Upcoming training includes a Basic class for interested citizens in June, CPR training, HazMat Awareness for first responders and training in gas line emergencies with NICOR.
CERT members and volunteers use training learned in the classroom and during exercises to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.