Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about
disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic
disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization,
and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during
exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following
an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members
also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in
emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The Borough of Somerville CERT Team under the leadership of Pat Mannion has over 30 volunteer
members. They participate in a number of community events throughout the year providing support
in various ways. They are also on stand-by for any major emergencies to provide specialized support
in areas of shelter management and crowd control.
Please consider becoming a member of this valuable team in Somerville.
An upcoming CERT training class is being held at the Somerset County Emergency
Services Training Academy, located at 402 Roycefield Road in Hillsborough,
April 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 and 29,
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seating is limited to the first 30 residents. Registration forms are due by Tuesday, April 4.
Questions about the Somerville CERT Team can be sent to CERT@somervillenj.org