Using the skills and training learned in the classroom during exercises, CERT Members can assist their family members and others in their neighborhood or workplace following an emergency incident when professional 1st responders are not immediately available to help.
CERT Members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies and community organizations by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
During emergencies, the mission of Hamden CERT is three-fold: to first assist our families, then our neighbors and finally our community. After meeting the needs of our family and neighbors, our primary mission is to assist our Police and Fire Services along with our community during any extended emergency operation.
In non-emergencies, we operate as a team alongside our first responders, especially during large, planned public events. During large-scale emergencies that would deplete the on-duty personnel, we work to supplement them. Two of our major functions have been rehabilitation of our first responders because of severe weather conditions, and providing assistance to displaced citizens. We are honored to be a major partner in the structure of Hamden’s Office of Emergency Management.
Spring Season - April-June
As the snow starts to melt and we head into spring we step up our preparation for the height of Flooding Season and prepare our Shelter Equipment and Supplies. We take our Monthly Training Sessions outside & introduce some of our newer members to our vehicle and equipment. A few of our major planned spring activations are for supporting the Annual Earth Day Celebration, the “Walk like MADD” Charity Event along with the Hamden Annual Road Race & Festival.
Winter Season - November-March
With the start of winter, Hamden CERT members prepare their personal gear for colder weather and restock their Mobile Command Unit/ Firefighter Rebab Unit with heating equipment and supplies. The CERT Mobile Command Vehicle is one of the major assets of Hamden Fire Department during winter conditions to help displaced citizens from residential fires and also helps to rehab firefighters during extended operations.