South Eugene Community Emergency Response Team Drill


by Devonne Maxey, Emergency Management Risk Services Division

On Mar. 19, approximately 50 area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, Eugene Springfield firefighters, and other community members joined together for an emergency response exercise. The City of Eugene and the City of Springfield hope the lessons learned from this joint exercise will help enhance neighborhood disaster-planning efforts.

Experience teaches that following a major disaster, individuals may need to rely on each other before professional emergency services can arrive. In an effort to support a disaster resilient community, CERT volunteers and Eugene Springfield Fire came together to use their triage and disaster medical skills from basic CERT training to support local fire professionals.

The City of Eugene and City of Springfield Emergency Management programs work closely together to train CERT volunteers as part of their disaster preparedness and community outreach programs. The CERT training program includes basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The City of Eugene administers the Eugene-Springfield Area CERT program.

For more information, go to the CERT website http://www.Eugenecert.com.

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Local coverage of the event may be viewed at http://nbc16.com/news/local/cert-training-in-eugene or http://www.kezi.com/news/Locals_Participate_in_Emergency_Disaster_Drill_.html.

For questions regarding this article, contact Devonne Maxey, Emergency Management Risk Services Division, or email Devonne.x.maxey@ci.eugene.or.us.