Friday, January 18, 2013
Springfield's newest volunteer group is looking for new members.
Springfield's Community Emergency Response Team has been active in response to community emergencies, most critically Sandy. They are currently looking for new members. For information on getting involved, read the notice below. ---------------------------- Care about Springfield? Join the Springfield CERT Team The Community Emergency Response Team program teaches disaster preparedness and response skills. We encourage diverse talents and accept flexible commitments. To find out more about CERT and how you can help Springfield, contact the SpringfieldOffice of Emergency Management. Supply your name, address, phone and number, and email address. Springfield Office of Emergency Management 200 Mountain Ave., Springfield, NJ 07081 Phone: 973-…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Local public safety agencies put on a night for families in the middle of Springfield.
On Tuesday, August 7, families flocked to Springfield's Meisel park to celebrate Union County's celebration of National Night Out. Local public safety organizations and Union County employees offered refreshments and activitities. Celebrities onhand included famed crime dog McGruff and reknowned Frank Sinatra impressionist Eric DeLauro. Attendees were able to get up close and personal with bomb disposal robots, S.W.A.T. equipment, emergency vehicles and other public safety tech.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Along with her husband Jim, Karen Bonacorda led surge of volunteers for emergency response group.
Karen and Jim Bonacorda's Marion Ave. home was flooded during Hurricane Irene. No strangers to volunteering in Springfield, the couple spearheaded an effort to get their neighbors to join the township's chapter of the Community Emergency Response Team. Springfield Patch asked Karen about her motivation for going door-to-door and getting people involved. Here is her response. It was the flood, actually, that motivated us. Because Jim had previously been a a volunteer with the Auxiliary Police, we were both very aware of how stressed our emergency response system can be. During Hurricane Floyd, Jim spent the whole night on duty manning a road block on Meisel Avenue. The biggest problem I saw at that time was the lack of communication with …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Many new volunteers recruited from residents of homes flooded in Tropical Storm Irene.
Springfield’s Community Emergency Response Team swelled in ranks this week with the swearing-in of over a dozen members. The new members completed a nine-week training course with the Clark Office of Emergency Management, learning disaster response skills including fire safety, light search and rescue and disaster medical operations. The national CERT program, under the umbrella of FEMA, is a way in which trained volunteers can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. The Springfield members have a personal stake in disaster readiness, with almost all of them flood victims of Tropical Storm Irene. Springfield Office of Emergency Management …