On June 27, 2013 under the recommendation of the Mayor and Council, the Borough of Watchung implemented a CERT Program in response to an After Action Review as a Result of Superstorm Sandy.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community. CERT is a nationwide initiative.
The CERT training consists of 20 hours of instruction. The course includes the following: Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Fire Suppression, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue Operations, Disaster Psychology & Team Organization, Terrorism and a Final Exercise.
Somerset County CERT Course 18-1 Application/Schedule
CERT training will teach participants to:
Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities.
Describe the function of CERT and their roles in immediate response.
Take steps to prepare themselves for disaster.
Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplaces.
Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid.
Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock.
Conduct triage under simulated conditions.
Select and set up a treatment area.
Perform head-to-toe assessments.
Employ basic treatments for various wounds.
Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.
Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.
Anyone interested in joining the Watchung CERT program can contact email@example.com
Carolyn Solon, President
Charles Delaney, Vice President
Michelle DeRocco, Treasurer
Charles Neiss, Secretary