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. Join CERT by Contacting Lieutenant James Bennett  by filling out the form below or contacting him 609-266-7414

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Disaster Preparedness must also be a personal responsibility for all members of our community. It is our goal to assist our citizens before, during, and after any type of disaster. With this in mind, there are some simple steps that you can take to prepare yourself and your family in the event of a disaster.

1. Learn about your community and what hazards may be near you. In Gardena, earthquakes are believed to be the possible disaster of most concern. If you work in the City, ask if your place of employment has a disaster plan.
2. Create a Disaster Plan. Know what to do if you need to evacuate or shelter in place (Shelter in Place means to stay where you are and to wait for emergency assistance.)
3. Put together your Family Disaster Supplies Kit –
1. Water – The average is one gallon of water per person per day.
2. Food – Non-perishable foods that take little preparation, little cooking, and little water. Don’t forget food for people on a special diet (infants/seniors).CERT logo
3. First Aid Kit (One for your house and car) – include a one-week supply of both prescription and non-prescription medications.
4. Tools and Supplies – Battery operated radio and flashlight with spare batteries and bulbs, fire extinguisher (ABC Type), wrenches to turn off gas and stop leaks, Duct tape, plastic sheeting, and sanitation supplies.
5. Clothing and Bedding – sleeping bag or bedding material, rain gear, hat, gloves, and sturdy shoes/boots.
6. Special Items as needed – only you know about special needs for you and your family.
Store your supplies in a convenient location and keep a smaller version of this kit in your car. Items should be stored in an airtight container or bags. Food and water should be rotated every six months. Rethink your plan and update it yearly.
This is only a small example of how you should begin to plan for emergencies. To learn more about disaster preparedness visit these sites:,
Should you need more information, or if you would like to have a representative from the Brigantine Police Department come speak to your group or organization about Emergency Preparedness, please call Lieutenant James Bennett @ 609-266-7414


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