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Navajo County seeks leaders for local Citizen’s Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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CERT is about readiness

Navajo County is holding a meeting for the Heber-Overgaard community to discuss the reinstituting of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) on Thursday, November 19th at 6:00 pm at the Heber-Overgaard Fire Department.

So what is CERT? It’s citizens who receive training for all kinds of emergency services through FEMA, who serve as support for in place emergency responders. They can be called upon to help with many types of situations. Those who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community.

Local resident, Paul Voigtman, has been working on building interest and submitted a list of names to the Citizen Corp Council a couple of weeks ago of residents who were interested in actively participating on this TEAM.

Heber-Overgaard CERT
Citizens Emergency Response Team

According to Mary Jane Springer, Navajo County Emergency Management Director, “We would like to see the TEAM back in the area but it needs to have active leadership and team members willing to take an active role in training, exercising and responding to events or emergencies.”

If you’re interested or have questions, please be sure to attend this informational meeting. If you are unable to attend this meeting but still have interest, you can contact Mary Springer by phone at (928) 524-4046 or email her at mary.springer@navajocountyaz.gov.

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Barbara Samples was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and has called Heber-Overgaard home since 2008. She is married to Larry Samples, who is co-owner with her in L & B, Inc., owner of the Mogollon Rim News. They have four (grown) children and two grandchildren. Barbara serves as the Editor.