NATIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MONTH (September)
September 1, 2012
This booklet (http://www.legion.org/documents/legion/pdf/disaster_07.pdf) will
help posts prepare for any emergency. The Legion is affiliated with the
Department of Homeland Security in the promotion of disaster preparedness and
Now that we have had a Hit by a 2012 Hurricane "ISSAC", we all should realize that one is never ready. Are You, I doubt it. When is the last time you checked out your "Emergency Supplies", your Insurance or even have a PLAN>>>
C. E. R. T.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
Just Want is CERT?
It is a group of Local Residents who have joined together to form a ready group of Organized & Trained Volunteer Disaster Workers who assist at their local level. 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 also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
One also expects that under these kinds of conditions, family members, fellow employees, and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other. This was the case following the Mexico City earthquake where untrained, spontaneous volunteers saved 800 people. However, 100 people lost their lives while attempting to save others. This is a high price to pay and is preventable through training.
If we can predict that emergency services will not meet immediate needs following a major disaster, especially if there is no warning as in an earthquake, and people will spontaneously volunteer, what can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality?
First, present citizens the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services. Second, give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness. Third, train them in needed life saving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Fourth, organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.
If you desire more information, please contact your County Emergency Management Agency, 1st District Commander Bobby Burris or Dennis Fitzgerald @ 912-980-5204 (firstname.lastname@example.org).