Belford Estates Helps Push CERT at Agriculture Show
Published 28th February 2012, 12:18pm
Members of the Belford Estates Community Emergency Response Team (BECERT) helped out at Hazard Management Cayman Islands display booth at the Agriculture Show on February 23rd. Over one hundred residents expressed an interest in joining Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and signed up to be contacted when CERT training begins in their community.
The Belford Estates Community group is the first CERT team established in the Cayman Islands and was officially registered in the Cayman Islands CERT database on August 25th, 2011. The Belford Estates group has actually 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.
Several BECERT members have also successfully completed the Mass Casualty and Incident Command Systems training programs, which HMCI hosted in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).