A three-person CERT team, composed of CERT Team Leader Ed Milde, Jerry Kemp and Bobbi Kemp, headed to northern Florida for several days, leaving early Wednesday, September 7th to assist victims of Hurricane Hermine. This was the first official deployment of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), formed under the auspices of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District (FMBFCD) in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley.
On Monday September 5, 2016 the Fire District received a deployment request through the Lee County Emergency Management partners from the State of Florida. The request was for teams of Citizen Volunteers to assist in providing humanitarian assistance to victims of Hurricane Hermine in Northern Florida.
The FMBFD Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which is comprised of District residents who are citizen volunteers with the Fire District, traveled to Pasco County on Wednesday for a 3-day deployment.
The District CERT team is comprised of community residents and business owners who are trained to assist in times of Disaster in non-emergency matters. These services can include staffing shelters, distributing recovery items, helping with evacuation and helping with Disaster Assessments. In addition, a core principle of the CERT team is neighbor helping neighbor, CERT members are an active part of District disaster preparedness initiatives.
Division Chief Ron Martin shared the news of their deployment and noted that the Fire District was proud of the CERT’s team first deployment and wished them well.