In an effort to build awareness and reduce risks, The Office of Emergency Management, in cooperation with the Auburn Police and Fire Departments, hosts the CERT Program (Community Emergency Response Team), a 9-week civilian preparedness training program. Currently, the Town of Auburn has trained approximately 100 residents thru the CERT Program and has another class scheduled for Spring, 2006.
CERT members are trained to provide initial response and treatment to their neighborhoods that may be in an affected area of Town that may not be readily accessible by public safety entities. Such situations may include weather related incidents such as hurricanes, tornadoes; or, other man-made incidents.
In the recent past CERT members have played a vital role in the evacutation and sheltering of fire and flooding victims. Additionally, CERT members have been called upon to provide security assistance at July 4th celebrations.