NEWS RELEASE: National Preparedness Month - Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

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Communications Specialist
Jennifer Hillmann
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National Preparedness Month: Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

Centennial, Colo. – September 11, 2017 — According to a 2016 National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for individuals under age 46.  Life-threatening injuries require immediate action to prevent a death. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.  If someone is injured, the first few minutes are critical in helping the chances of surviving serious or life-threatening injuries. 

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California.  It confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs.
Want to contribute more to your local community? The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills.  These skills include fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders 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.

Things to Know About CERT:
·         CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during non-emergency events as well. 
·         There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide, with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program. 
·         FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team Program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face.  You can find a CERT program near you on the website

We can’t know when or where the next disaster will hit, but we can take steps now to be better prepared.  Almost half of Americans expect to rely a great deal on their neighbors and community members after a disaster so why not start the conversation now with these Neighbor Helping Neighbor strategies.
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