Letter to the editor: Why a Community Emergency Response Team?
By: From Kathy L. Johnson, Lake Co. CERT Coordinator, Lake County News Chronicle
Just in the past week there have been unexpected snowstorms, tornadoes, flooding, a terrorist bombing, a huge fertilizer plant explosion, and now a million people forced to home-shelter due to a massive man hunt. Wow! This is America, right?
Everyone needs to be thinking about how they would respond to an emergency of any size, whether at home, school, work or in their own communities. Are you prepared?
Professionals are trained with mock scenarios to respond to emergencies, but there are only so many professionals to go around. One day we may need to assist those EMS professionals.
Education prepares us for life. Through knowledge we become stronger and more effective.
Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) is free. All that’s required is participation. You’re not even required to join a CERT team if you take the training. Our goal is to get the concept of preparedness out to everyone. Young or old, everyone can make a difference!
Lake and Cook County are working together to present this training. Future sessions are planned, but the more interest there is to participate, the more CERT training sessions can be planned.
We are even willing to set up CERT training for youth groups, high school age classes and Boy Scout or Girl Scout organizations.
If you would like more information or want to let us know of your interest in participation, please contact BJ Kohlstedt, Lake County Emergency Management Director, at 218-226-4444 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
BJ or I will get back to you as soon as possible.