Belford Estates CERT
Published 6th September 2011, 1:20pm
On August 25th 2011, the Belford Estates Community Emergency Response Team (BECERT) became the first CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) to be officially recognized by Government.
The Hon. Mark Scotland and Bodden Town MLAs Dwayne Seymour and Anthony Eden were present at the meeting at Bodden Town Civic Centre when McCleary Frederick, the Director of Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) presented Errington Webster, the leader of the Belford CERT with the official incorporation document.
Members of the group were also issued their emergency passes, CERT vests and CERT bags. The CERT bags include many useful items such as emergency supplies, helmets, tools and flashlights.
The Belford Estates Community group has been in existence for several years and has succeeded in making the Belford area more resilient to disasters. They were instrumental in having flooding issues addressed, emergency exercises have been conducted, non swimmers have been trained to swim, members of the community have successfully completed CPR and First Aid training, but most of all, the community has bonded in the process. BECERT is aware of the residents in their community that may need assistance putting up shutters, or transportation to a shelter. They know who has equipment for clearing roads that are impassable with fallen trees and debris. They are ready to come together as a cohesive team in the event that disaster hits their community.
BECERT members who successfully completed the Mass Casualty and Incident Command Systems training programs, which HMCI hosted in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), were also presented with certificates at the recent meeting at the Civic Centre. A total of eleven members of the Belford Community were certified this year in CPR, First Aid and AED.