UH CERT accepting new volunteers

The University Heights Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT) was among the first in Cuyahoga County to organize, following the events of September 11, 2001. FEMA created a uniform nationwide emergency response structure intended to respond to natural or manmade disasters. 

Do you know what to do in an emergency? Does your family have a plan for connecting during an emergency?  These are just two of the many questions to consider. Many people come out to help during emergencies, but is that help only hindering the rescue forces? By training residents, CERT will maximize our city’s ability to respond effectively to any emergency.

Join University Heights CERT during its volunteer drive. CERT offers a full range of response skills based on your interests. Now, after eight years and having identified pressing needs within University Heights, CERT is taking a new organizational direction, aimed at even greater community support.

According to CERT’s Win Weizer and Pete Bernardo, they are now organizing to develop a Neighborhood Safety Net to check on neighbors during emergencies, to educate neighbors on emergency preparedness, to partner with the Red Cross to create emergency shelters in times of power and water outages or fire and provide other support as needed.

The next meeting of CERT will be Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in UH City Hall Council Chambers. Bring a neighbor or family member. Volunteering for CERT is easy. For more information, contact Win Weizer, director of recruiting, at 216-397-0354 or by e-mail, UHCERT@gmail.com.

Anita Kazarian is a marketing professional, and founder of Noah’s Landing, LLC. Contact her at  anitakazarian@gmail.com.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 8:33 AM, 10.25.2010