September 15, 2022
In this episode of This Week in the City, Mayor Dean Esposito highlights the Community Emergency Response Team program with Emergency Management Director Matthew Cassavechia and Erin Henry, our new Public Relations Specialist for Emergency Services.
The CERT program is a nationally supported, locally implemented initiative that teaches people how to better prepare themselves for hazards that may affect their communities. Since 1993, CERT trains the public in basic disaster response skills such as team organization, disaster medical operations, disaster psychology, fire safety, and light search and rescue. The ability for CERT volunteers to perform these activities frees up professional responders to focus their efforts on more complex, essential, and critical tasks (Ready.gov).