Greenwich is planning to form a citizens response organization to help respond to emergencies. Beats waiting for the federal government or other outside agencies, and it wouldn’t appear to be expensive (although I’ve never seen a government agency that didn’t swell to meet, and exceed, its budget).
I’ll take local over foreign any day, and this is the first good idea to come out of FEMA since 2011. I’m sure they’ll ruin it in a few years but at least initially, it should be a boon.
Top police and emergency management brass have set the gears in motion for Greenwich to establish its own Community Emergency Response Team program that will train volunteers to take a supporting role in the town’s handling of disaster situations.
A subsidiary of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the CERT program educates civilians in disaster preparedness and basic hazard response methods and gives town residents the skills to help provide support for municipal forces during emergencies. There are some 2,200 CERT programs scattered throughout the United States, including those in Fairfield, Westport, New Canaan, and as of last year, Stamford.