Isle of Wight seeks comment on disaster preparedness program – Smithfield Times


The County of the Isle of Wight is seeking the advice of the community on the advisability of establishing a local community emergency response team.

CERT, as it is often abbreviated, is a national disaster preparedness training program that teaches adult and adolescent volunteers about fire safety, search and rescue, team building, and disaster medical operations. . According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website,, CERT offers “a nationally consistent approach to training and organizing volunteers that professional responders can rely on during emergency situations. disaster, allowing them to concentrate on more complex tasks ”.

According to Will Drewery, the county’s emergency management coordinator, the Isle of Wight may be eligible for a grant to establish a local CERT program. Currently, each community in Hampton Roads, with the exception of the counties of the Isle of Wight, Surry and Southampton, and the towns of Franklin and Suffolk, has its own CERT program.

The Isle of Wight sent emails and texts on December 1 asking residents who had signed up to receive the county’s IW Alert emergency notifications to complete a survey to find out if they thought a Local CERT program was required. The email asks them to watch a FEMA video and then complete the survey.

The video is available on YouTube at:

The survey is available through:

“We’re just trying to gauge the interest and the need right now,” Drewery said.