You never know when an emergency will strike your community which is why early preparation, community education, and constant vigilance are essential to keeping citizens safe.
One of the most effective ways of preparing citizens for a possible disaster, is to involve them directly in the education, and response process. Brewster, Orleans, Chatham, and Harwich have organized a Regional Community Emergency Response Team and are looking for interested participants that are 16 years of age or older.
A Community Emergency Response Team or “CERT” is supplementary and supportive to emergency responders. CERTs educate and train citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact your community. CERTs commit to helping serve their community following a disaster activity when professional responders are not immediately available or engaged.
Joining the team is an excellent way to support your community, although to become a member of the team, it is mandatory that new members complete the initial certification training program prior to becoming an active member of the team, and being able to respond to incidents.
The recent event with the COVID-19, the 2020 CERT Basic class will be a hybrid form. It starts on September 27, 2020 and will be completed on October 24, 2020. This will include an online component that will be self-study and is required to be completed before the 2 hands-on practical days. The practical days are October 17 and 24, 2020
In order to successfully complete the Basic CERT certification, you must complete the online training prior to the October 17, 2020 and attend both practical days.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the BOCH CERT please contact Dave Miller BOCH CERT Coordinator via email at CERT@chatham-ma.gov or John Kondratowicz, Chatham Emergency Manager at email@example.com.