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The Town

October 8, 2012

Ready for anything

Town CERT program going strong, seeking trainees


Tonawanda News — After the October 2006 storm, CERT trainees assisted in a number of ways, Lutz said: Some worked in a call center, while others opened a shelter at Hoover Middle School. But the most profound impact on that incident’s aftermath is something that can’t be quantified, he said.

“What we don’t know is how many people didn’t call 911 ... because they were prepared.”

The town CERT program currently has more than 150 volunteers on its email list, although hundreds more have gone through the training. While opportunities for further training and community involvement exist for those trainees, Lutz said, there’s no commitment made by attending the program.

“Some people come to training ... and we never see or hear from them again,” he said. “That doesn’t make  me feel bad at all. Our goal is just to train as many people in preparedness as we can.”

IF YOU GO • WHAT: Town of Tonawanda Community Emergency Response Team training • WHEN: Nine sessions starting Oct. 15 and running from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, with a fire safety session from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 and a Saturday course review and simulated disaster training exercise Dec. 1. • WHERE: Classes will meet at the town Fire Training Tower classroom at 70 Fire Tower Drive off Two Mile Creek Road. • COST: Free • MORE INFO: Visit, click on the emergency services link and select CERT. You can also email, attention Robert Lutz, CERT coordinator; or call Dennis Carson, town emergency services coordinator, at 879-6685.

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