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CERT volunteer Sarah Dorer handed out emergency preparedness information on Bedford Day, 2011
CERT volunteer Sarah Dorer handed out emergency preparedness information on Bedford Day, 2011

Submitted by Mark Sullivan, Bedford Fire Department

Is your family prepared for a major, or even a minor emergency?  Recent weather events in the New England area have shown the damage a storm can cause, as well as how dependent we are on being able to get to a nearby store. Not having electrical service can become a challenge to many. Bedford’s Citizen’s Emergency Response Team (CERT) is looking for residents who would like to participate in its Emergency Preparedness Program.

CERT is comprised of Bedford residents who assist the Town of Bedford in emergency planning and also contribute in running events such as Bedford Day and Bedford PMC.  Residents will come away from their visit with an understanding of what they should have on hand to care for their family. They will also learn how they can protect their property during a natural disaster, including where the shut-offs for their utilities are located in their home.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends citizens are prepared to function on their own for three days after a natural disaster. To do this, individuals need to do three things: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

A basic emergency supply kit includes items such as water, non-perishable food, and a first aid kit. To learn what other items you should have on hand, and how you can be prepared to deal with an emergency schedule a visit from Bedford CERT.

To schedule a visit from Bedford CERT and participate in its Emergency Preparedness Program contact Captain Mark Sullivan of the Bedford Fire Department at 781-275-5266 ext 103 or msullivan@bedfordma.gov.

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