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CERT Informational Meeting

Are you looking for ways to give back to the community? Do you want to be a significant help to your neighbors in the event of a significant disaster? Then CERT might be for you.

Take the first step to becoming a CERT member by attending an informational meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 6:30 p.m. You’ll meet other CERT members, learn about the work they do and gain an understanding of what’s expected of a CERT member. If enough people are interested, a training program for new recruits will start late this summer or early fall. We hope you consider giving it a try!

Developed by FEMA in 1993, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers on basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. CERT members complete a basic training course which includes 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training. Once graduated, CERT members are recognized under the city’s fire department and emergency management area as skilled volunteers and neighborhood resources who can be used during emergencies and other events. Uniforms and equipment are all furnished.

Within minutes of graduation in 2014, St. Louis Park’s first-ever class of CERT members was busy sandbagging in the neighborhoods along Minnehaha Creek. Since that time they’ve continued to participate in the community by working at citywide events from the fire department open house to fireworks to National Night Out. Ongoing training includes weather training, home safety, first aid, hands-only CPR and many other topics. Now, the CERT group is looking for more residents who might want to be part of the team and share in this work.