The Greater Franklin-Bristol CERT and MRC units were formed in 2008 when the Greater Bristol Citizen Corps Council joined the All Health Hazard Public Health Planning Region #6. The Regional Coordinating Council of this planning region voted to apply for State and Federal funding to help secure a part-time coordinator to promote, train, and equip a unit of volunteers. These grants were awarded to C.C.N.T.R. as the public health network. These volunteers would be available to the fourteen municipalities in times of a large scale emergency. Click here for a map of the fourteen communities within the Public Health Network. Click here for information on Public Health Prevention Activities within the CCNTR Public Health Network.
What is a CERT Team?
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM?
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) were initially formed in California after the Loma Linda earthquakes. It was quickly realized that local emergency responders would be overwhelmed and that a citizen group properly trained would be an invaluable asset to the local emergency officials. This program quickly grew with funding eventually coming from the federal government to support these efforts. Over time the program grew nationally and can be found in all 50 states and even some U.S. territories. In New Hampshire the CERT teams are funded by a federal grant that the NH Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management passes through to "Volunteer N.H." The funds are then distributed to teams that are either already organized or that submit a funding request to organize.
What is a Medical Reserve Corps Unit?
The Medical Reserve Corps was established after September 11, 2001 to aid both medical and non-medical emergency responders in times of a Public Health Crises. The program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by the Office of the Surgeon General. Start up funds for new corps is available through the National Association of County and City Health Officers (NACCHO). Volunteers who sign up to participate do not need to have a medical background as there are several positions open where that skill set is not required.
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