On Friday at 3:00pm the Greenburgh CERT team was deployed to an apartment building fire on Sawmill River Road in Elmsford. As the building was unsafe to return to the residents required sheltering for the night. The team set up a reception center at the Theodore Young Community Center on Manhattan Avenue and saw to it the residents arrived there in a safe and timely manner.
The Greenburgh Police Dept. was exceptional in moving the CERT Equipment-Trailer and Van to the TDYCC as quickly as they did. The Red Cross was on the scene and responded to the CERT reception center/shelter with five volunteers. As there were only 28 people in need it was agreed the Red Cross would provide the necessary sheltering. The remaining residents relocated to family or friends.
The seamless coordination between the Police, the Red Cross and CERT resulted in the displaced residents being fed and having access to shelter within approximately six hours of previously being homeless.
As usual the CERT team volunteers did a professional job providing those in need with the help and respect required in such an emergency. Thank you: Sue Plath, Al Sarnotsky, Eva Yasgur, Jackie Egelman, Nina Cisterna, Danny Cisterna, Mark Jones and Harold Rose. Well done!
Interested in learning more about CERT. Please read the following and let us know if you're interested in volunteering and helping your neighbors who may be in need in the event of emergencies--fires, hurricanes, nor'easters. The CERT team does an incredible job helping out when needed.
Town of Greenburgh
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an incident, emergency services personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property.
CERT team members can support emergency responders and volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.
Some skills CERT team members will be trained in:
* Identify and anticipate hazards within the community
* Learn how to prepare for a disaster
* Reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace
* Extinguish small fires
* Assist emergency responders
* Conduct light search and rescue
* Develop safe techniques for debris removal and victim extracation
* Set up treatment areas
* Apply basic medical techniques
* Assist others with emotional distress
* Support effective and efficient allocation of resources
* Assume a leadership roll
* NOT ALL CERT JOBS REQUIRE PHYSICAL EXERTION
* THERE IS A JOB FOR EVERYONE!
* TRAINING IS FREE
The Basic 20 hour C.E.R.T. Course is offered twice a year. Once in January-March and again in October-December. The course is divided into eight topics (classes). If a topic is missed it can be made up during the next course cycle or training date without having to take the complete course.
The Greenburgh C.E.R.T. meets every month to conduct training, field trips and drills.
Training will be supervised by the Greenburgh Police Department and other Emergency Service Agencies.
Visit the National C.E.R.T. web site: CLICK HERE
Download/View C.E.R.T. Membership Application
Download/View Our C.E.R.T. Brochure
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