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Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs.

If we can predict that emergency services will not meet immediate needs following a major disaster, especially if there is no warning as in a tornado, and people will spontaneously volunteer, what can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality?

  • Present citizens the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services.
  • Give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness.
  • Train them in needed lifesaving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.
  • Organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.

The Coral Springs CERT program is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people.  It is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where YOU, the citizens and leaders of Coral Springs, will be initially on your own and how your actions can make a difference.


Through training, YOU can be a vital resource in your community!

 

To sign up for our upcoming class, click on the CERT Academy link at the top of this page.

Most Recent News

28 August 2016
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, Coral Springs/Parkland CERT was chosen as the 2016 Florida CERT Association CERT Team of the Year at the annual Florida CERT Association Conference Awards dinner.Coral Springs/Parkland CERT has been one of the preeminent teams in South Florida for over 13 years. Its success can be attributed to its strong leadership te...
28 August 2016
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, Steve Mitchell was chosen as the 2016 Florida CERT Association CERT Member of the Year at the annual Florida CERT Association Conference Awards dinner. Steve has made a number of contributions to the team over the years, and this award is a reflection of his efforts.When it comes to volunteerism and CERT, Steve's is th...
01 August 2016

Our team was busy on Tuesday July 26th. At 11:55am the Canteen was activated for a commercial gas leak at the Walmart shopping center on Coral Ridge Drive North of the Sawgrass Expressway. We had a few members respond to provide hydration. The leak was capped fairly quickly.

At 2:54pm the same day the Canteen was activated for mutual aid at a residential structure fire in Margate. The Canteen and several team members responded to this call. We assisted Margate CERT in providing hydration and rehab. According to news sources the fire started in the garage with a model airplane and was fed by extra jet fuel stored nearby in the garage. You can view some photos in our Photo Gallery or see a video here. We understand the Margate Fire Chief sent our Chief a note of thanks mentioning how professional and efficient our team was.

Thanks to all the CERT members that responded to these two back to back activations.


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