Anchorage Civil Defense Force Are Recruiting for Volunteers
If you live in the municipality of Anchorage and understand the importance of Community preservation against natural disasters, internal government failure of operations, or foreign disturbance, the Anchorage Civil Defense Force is and organized force comprised of citizens from the community who are concerned with the continuity of the of the cities or state advancement in our community infrastructure. We are looking for individuals in the medical field, construction fields, security fields, business fields, and food distribution fields, former military, or even if you have very little work experience.
To be a volunteer for the community with Anchorage Civil Defense Force creates a marquis of community spirit and you will gain experiences, training and education on Disasters from FEMA approved courses and curriculum.
If you care about your family, your friends, your community, or yourself, we urge you to see what Anchorage Civil Defense Force can do for you and your family.
Why wait till something happens and look for a hand out when first responder resources are spread thin and you don't know what to do because you have been severely effected by catastrophic event. If anything attend our classes, learn the possibilities of what disaster can do to a community and how you can help. Remember you only have to commit to 1 weekend a month training. Is that worth you and your families welfare ?
Below is a Volunteer description:
Purpose, Scope Of Work, History
Purpose: The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program provides a structured opportunity for citizens to augment local emergency response activities. Using CERT materials, local communities train teams of neighborhood volunteers and employees in the workplace in emergency preparedness and response skills. CERT members partner with local emergency management in preparing for and responding to natural or man-made disasters. Trained teams can help in saving lives and protecting property when communities’ professional response resources are stretched thin. By the end of 2004, FEMA’s goal is to have 400,000 people complete the 20-hour training program in their local communities
Scope of Work: Anchorage Civil Defense Force, a volunteer civilian Community Emergency Response Team is a volunteer based community disaster preparedness, education and training initiative formed after the November 2019 earthquake. It's prime purpose it to educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the 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. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.
History/ Background and Authorities: The program’s authority is the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), 42 U.S.C. §§5121 – 5206. This statute was enacted to provide an orderly and continuing means of assistance by the Federal Government to State and local governments in carrying out their responsibilities to alleviate the suffering and damage, which result from natural catastrophes and any fire, flood, or explosion regardless of cause. The Act further states that the Federal Government shall provide necessary direction, coordination, and guidance, and shall provide necessary assistance so that a comprehensive emergency preparedness system exists for natural disasters or an accidental or man-caused event.
The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs.
Since 1993 when this training was made available nationally by FEMA, communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico have conducted CERT training. FEMA supports CERT by conducting or sponsoring Train-the-Trainer and Program Manager courses for members of the fire, medical and emergency management community.
Since 1993, CERT has impacted communities across the country, building essentials skills and capabilities to prepare for and respond to any disaster. There are now CERT programs in all 50 states, including many tribal nations and U.S. territories; each unique to its community but all essential to building a Culture of Preparedness.
The CERT program was designed as a grassroots initiative and specifically structured so that the local and state program managers have the flexibility to form their programs in the way that best suits their communities. CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during non-emergency events as well. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide, with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program.
FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team Program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members:
Learn how to safely respond to man-made and natural hazards
Help organize basic disaster response
Promote preparedness by hosting and participating in community events
First Responder and FEMA approved Civilian Incident Command and EOC
Light Search and Rescue and Recovery (K-9 Recovery Dogs and Ground SAR)
Trained Traffic Control
Trained Initial Threat and or Crisis Assessment
Reporting to Sponsor, Mayor, FEMA Operations, Fire Department and or Police Department Initial Assessment.
Support already thinned City, State, or Federal Resources
Liaison with City Utilities on Damages
These programs were created to given the community instead of the governance by the government. If we don't have these contingencies in place then the government has no other choice but to create them which we all know and understand will not be to our liking...
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