The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Caribou has one of the active CERT Teams in Maine, and train regularly under the direction of Caribou EMA Director Michael Gahagan. Caribou CERT has been active over the last number of years and has activated the team in response to severe weather and public safety events, as well as supporting various community functions.
For more information on the Caribou CERT, contact:
Chief Michael Gahagan