Hurricane Sandy…

The Boston Marathon Bombing..

The West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Fire and Explosion…

When large-scale disasters like these occur, public safety resources are often overwhelmed. Emergency calls to 911 may go unanswered, with assistance delayed by hours—maybe even days.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) equip citizens with the knowledge and skills needed to survive—through free training in disaster preparedness, first aid, emergency response, and other critical skills.

 

Since 2003, Montgomery CERT has helped equip people who live or work in the community to help themselves and others in the event of a disaster or other emergency. Montgomery CERT-trained volunteers assisted in the evacuation of the Lake Needwood Dam area in June, 2006, after a week of heavy rains weakened the dam, endangering residents’ safety. Montgomery CERT volunteers have also provided crowd control, emergency first aid, and related services for the AT&T Golf Tournament in Bethesda and other major events in the county, staffed emergency shelters following severe weather occurrences, and worked to encourage others in the community to Be Prepared!