The Amherst Community Emergency Response Team – CERT – is made up of volunteers who are trained and equipped to respond to town-wide Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI’s). Disasters such as tornado, hurricane, flood, major snow and ice storms, wide spread power outages, explosions, and the aftermath of terrorist attacks. Because MCI’s result in road blockages, communications outages and many more victims than rescuers, our professional responders will be understandably overwhelmed. This is when CERT is activated to immediately assist those who are injured, by delivering life sustaining medical treatment until the professionals arrive.
CERT members are trained in MCI triage, emergency medical treatment, evacuation from damaged structures, making disaster scenes safe by identifying and isolating hazards, providing injury and damage assessment to town authorities and more. CERT teams are known and trusted resources to emergency responders and to their communities.
During non-disaster times, CERT members work to raise the level of self-preparedness for all our citizens. CERT also provides a trained work force for town events like firework displays, parades, road races and festivals, making our community a safer place to live and work.
CERT programs, part of the Department of Homeland Security, are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Your fellow Amherst citizens join because they want to help their families, neighbors and their community in times of disaster and to better prepare for hazards that threaten us.