The City of Delano is developing a Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT program follows a national model that promotes readiness in the communities in the case of emergency or natural disaster. Members are not "on-call" in the traditional sense, but rather "ready" when needed.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. -www.citizencorps.gov
Delano hopes to build an active team that can have a meaningful impact on the community. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the program, please call (763) 972-0581.