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What if a Grand Rapids Disaster Strikes? Why C.E.R.T. Training Makes Sense

What IF a Grand Rapids Disaster Strikes?  Why C.E.R.T. Training Makes Sense

We see natural and man–made disasters happen on the news:

tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, chemical spills,

oil spills, & fires.  We always think: How terrible!  What would we do if

this happened to us and our loved ones?  It can, in a heartbeat.

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Would you be prepared if a policeman knocked on your door and

said  you had to evacuate NOW – no time to gather a few things, no

time to get essentials, leave right now or your life would be in imminent

danger?

 

That is one of the scenarios we were faced with on our first night

of Community Emergency Response Team training.  We were encouraged

to pack a “GO BAG” with necessary items, like a toothbrush, set of

clothes, a CD or zip file with our insurance information and important

financial account information, in case we couldn’t return home for an

extended time.

 

Just weeks ago, this seemed like a far-fetched, worst case fantasy.

Now, with the tragic news of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear

reactor meltdowns, it doesn’t seem so unlikely. 

 

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In our C.E.R.T. classes, we are learning how to be a citizen emergency

response team.  Basic safety, hazardous materials, medical emergency

response, basic search and rescue lessons are taught by a C.E.R.T.

instructor through the Homeland Security Agency and in

partnership with the Grand Rapids Fire Department.  We are learning a

lot about emergency response and disasters we might be asked to

assist on if we join the local team.  Even if we just use this information

for ourselves, our family, and our neighbors it will be worthwhile.

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The local C.E.R.T. instructors are trying to build a local C.E.R.T.[Community Emergency

Response Team] for the Kent County-Grand Rapids area.  Did you know we have a

population of about 1.5 million in the Greater Grand Rapids area?  Did you also

know that we have about 10,000 policemen, firemen, and EMT’s to respond

to an epic disaster?   Hmmm…

 

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If you would like to take this training, contact:

Kent County Volunteer C.E.R.T. Team

About C.E.R.T.

Kent County Preparedness Facts

 

 

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Comment balloon 3 commentsTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • March 21 2011 03:00PM

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Terry, thank you for telling us about the CERT classes.  Unfortunately, most of us really, really, really wants to believe it won't happen to us.  Good post. 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Bonnie and Terry--And when you graduate you get to wear a cool yellow vest. lol Great information on this very important training. Good of you both to volunteer your time to become trained as no one ever knows when/where a disaster will strike.

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 9 years ago

Teri:  Yellow is the new "in" color for 2011!  8-)

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 9 years ago

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