Sunday, June 10, 2012

Be a Point of Light

Randy Travis - Point of Light

This could be the companion quote to go with this very solid tune. "Never, never be afraid, to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."
— Martin Luther King Jr. 

"Do the greatest good for the greatest number of people."  Motto of the CERT program

Just completed two months of Wednesday night classes to become one of my home town's "CERT" members. Most people I met do not know anything about this national FEMA program started about 8 years ago.  Most cities and towns have them now.  Walnut Creek (our hometown) has one of the best.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are citizens that come to the aid of their community when a major emergency strikes.

One of the programs is the saving of dogs and cats during emergencies.  One of the things that was learned in New Orleans, after hurricane Katrina was that rescued and injured people would return into dangerous conditions to get their pets.  Now CERT members rescue pets also and we have special operations to deal with animals rescued.

Below is a video that gives an idea of how ordinary citizens can be "points of light."

CERT in Action, a fierce storm has struck the local community. CERT members activate in their neighborhood, set up an Incident Command Post, and assess damage throughout the area. They use their CERT skills to respond to damage and injured victims in the local community center, managing the situation until professional responders are able to arrive. This video provides a useful introduction to the CERT concept for new program participants and others who may be interested in the program. 

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