The mission is to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to disasters of all types. Right now, the Community Emergency Response Team or C.E.R.T. of Plainview is training to work alongside first responders in the case of a disaster. The program is a division of the Citizen Corps, funded by the Homeland Security Department.
Volunteers have been training nine weeks and will continue to train each month. The first mock disaster drill was a terrorist exercise. A terrorist crashed a plane, killing a number of people and injuring several others. C.E.R.T. volunteers arrived on the scene and assessed the damage and divided patients among severely wounded and dead. They then set up a triage area and helped victims. The disaster is just one of several drills to prepare for disasters.
If you would like to become a C.E.R.T. volunteer, you can call Sgt. Mike Allen at the Plainview Police Department at (806) 296-1182. In Lubbock, call Rosayln Martinez at the South Plains Association of Governments call (806) 762-8721.