The Smithfield Emergency Management Agency has established the Smithfield EMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) as part of a national initiative to create a ready reserve corps of disaster responders.

Active members of the CERT team complete a standardized twenty-hour curriculum developed by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Instructors of this course have been trained by the United States Department of Homeland Security. Smithfield EMA CERT volunteers meet monthly to continuously develop skills so that they are an effective resource within Smithfield's emergency response system.

Some of the duties of the Smithfield CERT team are: staff and manage emergency shelters for persons displaced by disasters, fill sandbags used to hold back flood waters from damaging residential and commercial buildings, staff the Town Medical Emergency Distribution System (MEDS) clinics should a public health emergency occur, provide assistance within the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) when activated and help to educate the public about the importance of disaster preparedness.

To learn more about the national CERT program, please visit United States Citizens Corps or for more information about how CERT was originated, visit Los Angeles CERT.

If your interested in becoming a Member of the Smithfield EMA CERT, please complete our on-line volunteer application.

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The Smithfield Emergency Management Agency
is planning a CERT training course
begining in March of 2006.

This course is offered free of charge and open to all residents
of Smithfield as well as neighboring towns.

Please contact Deputy Director Kennedy for further information.

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