Bethel CERT Volunteers Ensure the Town is Properly Prepared for Emergency Situations

The Bethel CERT team has over 30 residents with varying skills, education, and expertise that have completed the Basic CERT Course.


Report by Paula Antolini
October 25, 2016 2:06PM EDT



Bethel CERT Volunteers Ensure the Town is Properly Prepared for Emergency Situations

No detail is too small when it comes to emergency situations.  The Bethel Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), along with a BHS student doing community service hours, were hard at work this past weekend, organizing emergency supplies located on the lower level of the CJH Municipal Center.  It took a team of seven to do the work (yes, lots of heavy lifting) under the guidance of CERT Team Leader Teresa Fogel and Bethel Emergency Management Director Thomas Galliford.

CERT is always looking for more members.  It’s a good way to get involved and meet local residents while learning all about emergency management.  You can receive valuable information about more training opportunities in the field too.

If you are not familiar with Bethel CERT , you can find out more at the contact information below, as well as the National organization.



The Bethel CERT team has over 30 residents with varying skills, education, and expertise that have completed the Basic CERT Course.

Areas that the CERT members will assist Town agencies include: Disaster Response, Emergency Operations Center staffing, Health Emergency Response, Shelter Set up and Management, Animal Sheltering, and Disaster Preparedness Public Education.

CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an incident, emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property.

The initial training program includes fire safety, disaster preparedness, disaster psychology, terrorism, and first aid.

For more information on the National CERT program click the CERT link https://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/

For more info:
Contact Thomas Galliford or Teresa Fogel at 203-794-8522 or email CERT@bethel-ct.gov



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