Welcome to CERT

  

The Township of Clark has a Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Program which is based on the concept started by the Los Angeles Fire Dept. back in 1985. 

The LAFD recognized that in the early stages of a major disaster local emergency responders could be overwhelmed and that basic training in disaster survival and safety skills could improve the ability of community members to help themselves and their families until emergency responders or other assistance arrived.

This program, which now exists in every state, is promoted by the Federal Government through its Citizens Corp. program and through the NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management. This program is a 24 hour training program that provides information on a variety of topics including General Disaster Preparedness, Basic fire knowledge and safety skills, Basic 1st aid training, Light Search & Rescue and Terrorism. This program is not intended to train people to be First Responders for fire or first aid purposes, but it is designed to train people to be better able to help themselves and their families, then to help their friends and neighbors, and, if they choose, to help their community by assisting the various Township emergency services in a major emergency situation.

CERT members that volunteer to help on a community level during an emergency situation could be used for a number of things including: Staffing of emergency operations centers or shelters, providing assistance or transportation for people who have to evacuate their homes, providing food or supplies to the Police Dept., Fire Dept. , or the First Aid Squad personnel, or delivering pumps or generators to other residents in time of flooding or power outages.

To date, approximately 150 citizens and 14 teachers/administrators from several Clark schools have completed the classroom training and finished up the program with a 3 hour hands-on training session at the Union County Fire Academy in Linden.

Anyone interested in learning more about this program should contact the Office of Emergency Management at 732-388-3600 Ex. 3007 or you can get an application through this web-site. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.