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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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