Submitted by Mike Lawson, CERT San Diego: Are you, your family and friends prepared?
**The next community meeting will be Tuesday, January 19, 6:30 PM, at the University Community Branch Library, 4155 Governor Dr., San Diego CA 92122.
On Tuesday November 3rd there was a meeting at the University Community Library on Governor to re-introduce current members of CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) and interested neighbors to CERT. More than 20 residents of all ages, ranging from 17 to over 65 years of age, attended this meeting.
CERT members work together with firefighters and are considered first responders when the true first responders (fire/search and rescue along with police) are not available to reach our neighborhoods.
When this happens, I feel one of our responsibilities is to help our neighbors with light search and rescue, directing individuals and families to staging areas such as Stanley Middle School for UC residents, gathering information as we continue to the staging area to meet other CERT members.
Informing the Incident Commander what they saw on the way to staging area, this allows decisions to be made where CERT members will be able to assist our neighbors.
Over 200 CERT San Diego team members were activated during the 2007 Witch Creek wildfire worked as logistical support for nearly 1200 hours over a period of seven days.
When not training or preparing for disasters, CERT San Diego team members participate in community outreach and educational opportunities in and around the city.
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