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CERT serves all of Lincoln

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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A group of Sun City residents is ready and willing to help Lincoln, in case of an emergency. That group is the Lincoln Hills Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which chairman Bill Becker said currently consists of 53 members. Members must live in Lincoln Hills. Although based out of Lincoln Hills and funded by the Lincoln Hills Association, the Community Emergency Response Team responds to emergencies and disasters in both Lincoln Hills and within other parts of Lincoln. All members take a 20-hour training class, Becker said, and are required to have basic first aid training and know CPR. During natural disasters, fires and other emergency situations, Becker said, services members provide include first aid, setting up shelter for those displaced and recording names of residents affected by the incident. “If there was a flood, we might end up filling sand bags and providing blankets and water to people displaced,” Becker said. “We are trained in light search and rescue.” During the August tanker fire, Becker said, CERT members worked at the Kilaga Springs Lodge evacuation center by processing residents visiting the shelter. The group has four general meetings a year, according to Becker, and trains throughout the year via webinars and drills. Community Emergency Response Team is deployed by the fire department for an emergency, according to Becker, and a phone tree is used to alert members that their assistance is needed. “I think there’s a sense of satisfaction of putting something back into your community and also giving you a better preparedness for your own home and for taking care of your loved ones,” Becker said about the benefits of being a CERT member. “We learn how to shut off water, electricity and gas.” Bill Szabo, logistics and inventory chief for Lincoln Hills Community Emergency Response Team, said the organization is at least 5-years-old. “We’re there if and when we are needed for any disaster within town,” Szabo said. The Lincoln News Messenger profiles a nonprofit organization every week. To see an organization featured, please call 774-7967 or e-mail stephanied@ goldcountrymedia.com.