Saturday, April 25, 2009

Officially CERTifiable

That's what my instructor basically said today. My team and I are officially certified CERT team members. That stands for Community Emergency Response Team. We are volunteers to work in conjuction with the Citizens Corps, Homeland Security, fire, police and other emergency organizations. When a natural or man-made disaster gets to the magnitude of overwhelming available resources, our group is called in to help. We would go door to door in the case of some disaster and shut off utilities, check for victims, run triage and/or assist in other ways needed.

I have a pretty decent 72 hour emergency kit, but now I also have a CERT backpack with my disaster kit. I may not win any beauty awards wearing my forest green backpack, vest, green hard hat, gloves and safety goggles, but I think that might just be a sight for sore eyes for someone trapped in a house after a tornado.

Now I hope I never need to use any of that training and equipment.



Dee Ice Hole said...

Anyone that does that kind of work on a volunteer basis is truly CERT - CERTIFIABLY NUTS. I do it but not without pay - too many things at risk to do it for notning.

Inklings said...

Good for you! I think it's a very good thing you did that.

Lindsay-Weaver said...

I think it's great that you're volunteering! I always want to volunteer for something, but I'm too selfish with my time. lol :) Plus, I do consider my church jobs "volunteer" work. lol