The basic idea is to use CERT to perform the large number of tasks needed in emergencies. This frees highly trained professional responders for more technical tasks. Much of CERT training concerns the Incident Command System and organization, so CERT members fit easily into larger command structures.
A Model for Community Preparedness
Community-based preparedness planning allows us all to prepare for and respond to anticipated disruptions and potential hazards following a disaster. As individuals, we can prepare our homes and families to cope during that critical period. Through pre-event planning, neighborhoods, and worksites can also work together to help reduce injuries, loss of lives, and property damage. Neighborhood preparedness will enhance the ability of individuals and communities to reduce their emergency needs and to manage their existing resources until professional assistance becomes available.
Studies of behavior following disasters have shown that groups working together in the disaster period perform more effectively if there has been prior planning and training for disaster response. These studies also show that organized grassroots efforts may be more successful if they are woven into the social and political fabric of the community— neighborhood associations, schools, workplaces, places of worship, and other existing organizations.
Effective response, therefore, requires comprehensive planning and coordination of all who will be involved—government, volunteer groups, private businesses, schools, and community organizations. With training and information, individuals and community groups can be prepared to serve as a crucial resource capable of performing many of the emergency functions needed in the immediate post-disaster period. The CERT program trains individuals to be assets to help communities prepare for effective disaster response.
When Disaster Strikes
The damage caused by natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, or from manmade/technological events such as explosions or hazardous materials accidents can affect all aspects of a community, from government services to private enterprise to civic activities. These events:
- Severely restrict or overwhelm our response resources, communications, transportation, and utilities; and
Leave many individuals and neighborhoods cut off from outside support.
Damaged roads and disrupted communications systems may restrict the access of emergency response agencies into critically affected areas. Thus, for the initial period immediately following a disaster—often up to three days or longer—individuals, households, and neighborhoods may need to rely on their own resources for:
- Water; and
Individual preparedness, planning, survival skills, and mutual aid within neighborhoods and worksites during this initial period are essential measures in managing the aftermath of a disaster. What you do today will have a critical impact on the quality of your survival and your ability to help others safely and effectively. You will be more resilient to a potentially disruptive event by learning about the likely hazards in your community and your community’s plans and protocols, understanding hazard-specific protective actions and response skills, assembling important emergency supplies, and mitigating potential hazards in your home. Subsequently, you will be an important asset to your family, neighbors, and other members of your community.
Lehi CERT Organization
Lehi Utah CERT Program
Phone/SMS: (801) 602-4133
Where we meet
128 N 100 E St, Lehi, UT 84043
Usually, Lehi CERT Team meetings are held in the Lehi City Police Department building in the Broadbent Conference Room on the 1st floor.
When we meet
2nd Wednesday of the Month (usually)
See the topics listed for monthly meetings on our calendar page.
Who can come
All are welcome to come!
Each monthly meeting has one or more topics that will be covered by experienced CERT Team members.
The mission of Lehi Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is to enhance community preparedness and resilience by providing training and resources for residents to become effective emergency responders.
We aim to empower individuals and families to take an active role in preparing for and responding to emergencies in their neighborhoods, and to work collaboratively with local emergency responders and government agencies to strengthen our community’s overall disaster readiness.
Our goal is to promote a culture of preparedness, safety, and service that helps to mitigate the impact of disasters and fosters a strong sense of community support and resilience.