Today, our guest speaker was Marty Keller, Director of DuPage CERT
CERT = Community Emergency Response Team.
CERT serves to prepare the residents of our community to be ready to help themselves, their families and local first responders in case of a disaster. Milton Township commenced its CERT training in 2004.  Milton Township has trained and equipped over 1,200 citizen volunteers, and partners with fellow DuPage County Townships, cities, park districts and the College of DuPage Homeland Security Institute. CERT training is offered free of charge to residents of Milton Township and DuPage partner Townships and consists of a 21 hour, 7 week course of classroom and hands-on training. Graduates are provided with a valuable pack of disaster equipment which is theirs to keep so long as they volunteer to avail themselves to CERT when called upon.
The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
Additional information regarding this program and others can be found at www.ready.gov or contact Marty Keller at 630-668-1616, or email cert@miltontownship.net.