City Looks to Expand CERT Program, Seeks Volunteers

The Community Emergency Response Team played a crucial role during Sandy.

The City is restarting the Community Emergency Response Team training program, which began the week before Hurricane Sandy.

Hobokenites who are interested in joining are invited to apply.

“Our CERT members were a crucial part of keeping our community safe during Hurricane Sandy,” Mayor Dawn Zimmer said. “We want to expand our team so we can be in an even stronger position to protect our community going forward.”

The training sessions will be held at the Hoboken Elks Club at 1005 Washington Street, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on the below dates. Hobokenites who are interested have to attend all sessions.

The city describes the training as "a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area."

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training.

1. Disaster Preparedness                     1/8/2013

2. Fire Safety                                     1/15/2013

3. Disaster medical operations (pt 1)    1/22/2013

4. Disaster medical operations (pt 2)    1/29/2013

5. Light search and rescue operations    2/5/2013

6. CERT organization                            2/12/2013

7. Disaster psychology                          2/19/2013

8. Terrorism and CERT                          2/26/2013


If interested in joining CERT, please download and complete the application (www.hobokennj.org/docs/publicsafety/CERT-application.doc) and return by email to certteam@hobokennj.org. Participation in CERT requires the successful completion of a training course on a range of subject matter specific to emergency response and disaster relief.


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