Join the Monee CERT Team !

The Village of Monee will be hosting a 3rd CERT( Community Emergency Response Team ) class at the Firemen’s Park Building ( date to be determined ).  A FEMA  grant has been awarded to the Village and will be taught by the Will County EMA team. Registration is based on a first come first serve basis and seating is limited to the first 25 participants.

Call the Village Hall to register @ 708-534-8301 or submit on the form below.

Our goal in the Village of Monee is to be prepared of any disaster  that may happen.  Working with the Will County Emergency Management we have secured a grant to help us get started forming CERT Teams.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs. As a result, the LAFD created the Disaster Preparedness Division with the purpose of training citizens and private and government employees.

The training program that LAFD initiated makes good sense and furthers the process of citizens understanding their responsibility in preparing for disaster. It also increases their ability to safely help themselves, their family and their neighbors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes the importance of preparing citizens. The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and the National Fire Academy adopted and expanded the CERT materials believing them applicable to all hazards.

The CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it. This individual will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. Additionally, if a community wants to supplement its response capability after a disaster, civilians can be recruited and trained as neighborhood, business and government teams that, in essence, will be auxiliary responders. These groups can provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources following a disaster. Since 1993 when this training was made available nationally by FEMA, communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico have conducted CERT training.


CERT Registration Form

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