Pine Valley has 52 trained CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members, and three more presently being trained. Not only full time residents, but part time residents are strongly encouraged to be CERT trained. Even if the only people you help during an emergency are you and your family, being trained can make a big difference.
The CERT Program is a nation wide effort, under the direction of FEMA. Through a series of classes, people learn how to respond to hazards that may impact their area and are trained 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 when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
Gene Phillips serves as CERT director for our area. He arranges training, organizes the area, and maintains records that would be used in emergency events. He is assisted by four block captains with co-captains, who are responsible for their areas in preparation and emergency response. Contact information for these CERT team members are as follows:
To help our community be prepared for an emergency both full time and part time residents should:
- Be as prepared as you can personally.
- Make sure you know who your CERT block captain is and how to contact him/her
- Fill out the survey distributed by the block captains. It is also important that our information stay current so that we can be notified if needed.
- If you have not filled out the survey, or if your information is not current, please contact your block captain or the CERT director to get a copy. INFORMATION IS KEPT COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL; only the CERT director and his assistant have access. Click here to print survey
- An inexpensive "walkie talkie" radio can be useful when landlines may fail. A recommended radio is the GMRS/FRS.
- If you have not yet been CERT trained, arrange training through Gene Phillips. People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site.
(CISC): or Community Information and Support Center exists to provide news and alerts in the case of epidemics and communicable diseases. This would include information concerning the status of medical facilities during an emergency. A booklet called “Stay at Home Toolkit for Influenza” explains much of the procedure established by the state of Utah. You can view or print this booklet by going www.swuhealth.org/forms/cdep/Stay-At-Home_Toolkit.pdf
Coordinators exist throughout towns in Utah to facilitate information and organize a possible response. The coordinator and co-coordinator for Pine Valley are:
Coordinator – Laura Bergeson…. 574-0220
Co-Coordinator – Sharron Northington … 574-3167
They have created a brief summary of the information that is contained in the booklet that will be passed out with CERT information to Pine Valley residents and/or may be viewed by going to the below link. Since it is a web-based document, it might be a good idea to print a hard copy and put it with your CERT kit if you are a CERT member or with your emergency supplies.
To read more about emergency services in Washington County:
Link for Utah Emergency Animal Response Coalition
Link for Emergency Power from your Phone Line