Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as the number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
Following the events of September 11, all levels of government have been addressing the need to present citizens the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services. We have been given the message about our responsibility for mitigation and preparedness. Through vehicles such as the CERT program, the Sheriff's Office has taken the plan a step further in training volunteer citizens of Passaic County in needed life-saving skills, with emphasis on decision-making skills, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Hence, those who have become certified CERT members are an extension of first responder services with the ability to offer immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.
During the COVID-19 pandemic CERT members helped direct traffic at COVID-19 testing sites, ensuring everyone's safety. Every year CERT members are provided with traffic training and crossing guard safety courses.
For more information on our CERT Program and to become a member please contact Director Humberto Cuadrado at 973-389-5914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.