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Ashland CERT prepares volunteers to help themselves, their family, and their neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster.
Created in 1999 after the community experienced a severe flood on New Years day 1997, Ashland's CERT program has trained over 550 volunteers to be better prepared to survive in a disaster making Ashland's CERT program one of the most successful in the nation.
Ashland CERT has been mobilized over thirty times for activities ranging from managing emergency shelters to evacuating residents during wild fires. CERT's core competency is "preparing our community to endure disasters."
Following a catastrophic disaster, you and the community may be on your own for a period of time because of the size of the area affected, lost communications, and unpassable roads.
Ashland's CERT is an affiliate of the City of Ashland Fire and Rescue.
Our training is designed to prepare volunteers to help themselves, their family, and their neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster.
Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, Ashland CERT Volunteers can make a difference by using their training to save lives and protect property.
The initial training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. Advanced training includes incident command, volunteer leadership, and advanced communications.
With training, practice and by working as a team, Ashland CERT Volunteers will be able to do the greatest good for the greatest number of victims after a disaster, while protecting themselves from becoming a victim.
- Terri Eubanks
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