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The Tabernacle Township’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Local Emergency Planning Council (LEPC) would like to extend an invitation to you to assist in protecting and assisting your community in the event of an emergency by volunteering to join the   New   Jersey Pinelands Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).        
The CERT is a group of dedicated individuals who have expressed an interest to assist their families, their neighbors and their community through volunteer service during times of disaster when assistance might be otherwise delayed. CERT volunteers are taught how to size-up an emergency and to incorporate basic safety principles while providing early assistance. Some areas of instruction for CERT members include learning how to locate and turn off utilities, identifying hazardous materials situations, setting up a medical treatment area, and the procedures for conducting search and rescue in lightly or moderately damaged structures.  Additional instruction will include such life saving skills as basic first aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). You will learn how to identify and mitigate potential hazards in your home and/or at work place. You will be able to initiate plans to prepare yourself, love ones and neighbors or fellow employees until professional response resources arrived. In addition you may be given the opportunity to volunteer for projects to enhance the public safety in your community .

As a member of the Pinelands Regional CERT you will work with the Emergency Management Officials from Tabernacle, BassRiver and Shamong and cooperatively with the Fire Departments and Rescue Squads from these townships, as well as with the New Jersey State Police, in your neighborhood or your community.  It’s all free and it’s for you and our community. There are no restrictions on membership.

Please call (609) 268-1222 or (609) 234-3714 if you can join us or have additional questions.

William C. Lowe, Emergency Management Coordinator