Are You Ready for an Emergency?
In an emergency, whether resulting from a natural disaster, crime, terrorist related act, or an emergency of any kind, local government resources will be the first responders and the first line of defense.
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide emergency services won't be able to meet the demands placed upon them. Factors like the number of victims, communication failures and roadblocks may prevent people from accessing the type of services they've come to expect at a moments notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help to meet their immediate needs until professional emergency responders can reach them.
The mission of the Mahwah CERT team is to harness the power of every team member through education and training to make our community safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.
During a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The goal of the Mahwah CERT team is to respond as a team to assist first responders and to the immediate needs of the community when emergency services are not availabe.
What is Mahwah CERT?
The Mahwah Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program that provides residents with basic training on what to do before, during and after a disaster. Most importantly, the training aids the participant in protecting themselves and their families during emergency situations. Trained CERT members may also participate in helping their community through organized or county level emergency management.
The team traces its origins back to 2003, and is lead by Allan Becker, CERT Coordinator. Mahwah CERT currently has a membership of over 50 active members, meets monthly and participates in frequent team-building drills and exercises. Many members are CPR-certified and/or American Red Cross-certified trained in Shelter Management.
The CERT team meets the third Tuesday of the month at the Mahwah Senior Center.
How Can I Join?
Completion of a 9-week “Basic CERT Training” course is required to join. Classes are offered sporadically at the Bergen Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah and cover an introduction to the Incident Command System, disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, disaster fire suppression, terrorism awareness, and light search and rescue operations. There is no cost to participate in training courses. At the completion of the program, basic CERT safety equipment is issued to each successful participant. For further information contact Allan Becker, Coordinator Mahwah CERT (use “Contact Us” link below).
For more information about Mahwah CERT, contact CERT Coordinator Allan Becker at (201) 960-1932 or firstname.lastname@example.org