Community Emergency Response Team – Make a Difference


Hurricane Sandy devastated our state recently, even damaging homes and businesses in Emerson and leaving large portions of the town without power.  Fortunately, its impact was small comapared to costal towns.  During the storm, Emerson’s Community Emergency Response Team, CERT, was on call and did not need to be deployed.

It became apparent to CERT Coordinator, Lt. Mark Savino, that much more can be done to be prepared in the future.  Therefore, CERT is seeking new members from “The Family Town” to energize this important volunteer group.

As a member, you will receive free training.  Classes are taught by emergency responders including; firefighters, emergency medical, and law enforcement personnel.  The course provides training in the a variety of areas like; diaster preparedness, search and rescue operations, team organization, and terrorism awareness.  Training of this nature can be useful well beyond Emerson’s borders.  For example, your business or school may benefit from your training in case of an emergency.

Once training is complete, CERT members will be recognized in Emerson and will receive an equipment bag which will contain a hard hat, goggles, dust masks, work gloves, flashlight, identification vest, a baseball cap, and a utility tool.  This equipment assists members in accomplishing their mission if activated during times of crisis.

To volunteer your services and become trained to protect yourself, your family, and your community from disasters, join CERT and make a difference.  Duties entail moderate physical activity and members should be available when called upon.  Classes begin February 27, 2013.  For more information contact Lt. Mark Savino at 201-262-2800 or msavino@emersonpd.org.