County moves forward with Community Emergency Response Team

Dave Lein, Editor

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A Community Emergency Response Team from another region is shown in action, providing assistance following a natural disaster. The Antrim CERT is currently looking for additional members and is preparing for a training session later this month.


BELLAIRE – After receiving approval from the Antrim County Board of Commissioners last year, a new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is preparing for action when the need arises.

What is CERT?

“The Community Emergency Response Team program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills,” said Antrim County Emergency Services Coordinator Leslie Meyers.

“CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders (firefighters, police and EMTs) can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks.

“Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced,” she explained.

At the same time, Meyers noted, the CERT program was designed as a grassroots initiative and specifically structured so that the local programs have the flexibility to form their programs in the way that best suits their communities.

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