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What is a CERT?


In 1985, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) developed and implemented the CERT concept. The training program initiated by the LAFD furthered the process of citizens understanding their responsibility in preparing for disaster. It also increased their ability to safely help themselves, their family, and their neighbors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognized the importance of preparing citizens and began promoting the nationwide use of the CERT concept in 1994. As of January 2004, 50 states, three territories, and six foreign countries are using the CERT program. During a large-scale disaster, the response of any community’s emergency services may be delayed or overwhelmed for a variety of reasons. This leaves the citizens of the community-family, neighbors, and coworkers—to provide for their own well-being and safety until professional responders arrive. This very reality is the cornerstone of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.
CERT is a community based volunteer effort and is a component of the Citizen Corps program. The CERT program is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.

Who is the Fanwood CERT?
During the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001, thousands of residents in NYC and workers who live in and around the city (including Fanwood) learned firsthand how a disaster could overwhelm even the largest and best-trained pool of emergency personnel. A group of Fanwood residents realized the essential need for a trained emergency response team to supplement the first responders and assist our Police, Fire and EMS departments, as part of Fanwood's Office of Emergency Management (OEM). in 2004 we started the FEMA CERT training, and in February, 2005 we were officially recognized by the Mayor and Borough Council by council resolution 05-02-34.


What does the Fanwood CERT do?
Through instructive and hands-on sessions, the volunteers receive training in life saving skills with emphasis on decision making, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. The Fanwood CERT is an organized team that is available to assist first responder services.


Why Should I get Involved?

The CERT training program benefits any person who participates. Citizens are better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster or emergency.
The ultimate benefit of expanding the Fanwood CERT will be to further the process of residents understanding their responsibility in preparing for an emergency, and increasing their ability to safely help themselves, their family, co-workers, and neighbors in the event of an emergency.
Your time investment in the Fanwood CERT is an investment in your own safety, and the safety of your community. 

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Seeking Donations
Obtaining additional support and resources will enable the Fanwood CERT to:
• Train additional trainers that can, in turn, train new volunteers in life saving skills.
• Provide existing CERT volunteers with continuing, specialized training.
• Prepare sufficiently sized teams to respond to any emergency in the community and offer immediate help to victims when first responders cannot reach the area.
• Establish an Emergency Operations Center (EOC).


As a potential donor, you can help the Fanwood CERT sustain operations and expand to further the process of residents understanding their responsibility in preparing for an emergency, and increasing their ability to safely help themselves, their family, co-workers, and neighbors in the event of an emergency.

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What are the Next Steps?
Our commitment, contribution, and sacrifice for the good of the community need support and you can help the Fanwood CERT make a difference. We encourage you to give your support, whether it is financial or an in-kind donation. Everything helps and we sincerely appreciate your support.
Remember...you can make a difference by using your training to save lives and protect Fanwood.