Montana Communities Prepare
“You know, we talk about resiliency, I think many people start out thinking of it as an engineering problem- where do we put the seawall against a hurricane, where do we put the concrete barrier against a terrorist bombing. And it seems that you’re saying that resiliency is more of a social problem. How do we build a strong community that can deal with whatever may come up?” ~National Public Radio’s Steven Inskeep, Neighborhood Connections Key to Surviving Crisis, January 2013
During a large-scale disaster, emergency responders may be overwhelmed. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are trained groups of local residents that are able to supplement the response capabilities of professional emergency responders. CERT members build the resiliency of their communities by preparing their families, neighbors, and communities for disaster and assisting with response and recovery efforts.
37 Montanans participated in 20-hour CERT trainings in April. The trainings were hosted by Gateway CERT on April 13, 2013 and April 20-21,2013 and by Cascade County CERT on April 17-19, 2013. Gateway CERT encompasses the Gateway Rural Fire District in Gallatin County and includes the 4-Corners/Elk Grove subdivisions as well as the Gallatin Gateway and Cottonwood communities.
The training included classroom learning modules as well as hands-on scenarios. Participants learned important disaster preparedness and response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster psychology. Check out a KFBB Channel 5 video on the Cascade County CERT training here.
For more information on CERT and other community preparedness opportunities, contact Katie Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 406-444-1718.