May 21st, 2012
Your Lake Wildwood Community Emergency Response Team participated in a Bibb CERT exercise May 19th, 2012 and came away with the 1st place trophy — REALLY!!! This exercise was conducted in a park in town and was conducted by the Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Team.
Please thank these neighbors of y’all’s the next time you see them:
- Hurricane Wes (our team leader),
- Tornado Joe,
- Cyclone Chris,
- Volcanic Virgil,
- Typhoon Tabatha,
- Earthquake Bob
- & Stormy Doug.
Other members not able to participate should also be recognized for their time, energy and commitment to the LWW CERT Team:
- Earthmover Craig,
- Tremor Mike,
- Lava Susan,
- Seismic Dena,
- Tsunami Martha,
- Glacier Glenn,
- Voracious Victoria,
- Upheaval Rick
- and our one and only… Lightning Cara!!!
They have devoted countless hours on their own free time so that they can help you during the first hours after any widespread disaster.
The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Even though this was billed as a competition we all viewed it as a time to hone and improve our skills, work with the principle EMA members of the county and meet other like-minded county residents to save lives and assist emergency personnel after any devastating disaster to our fair lakeside community.
We had to do the following to garner the 1st place:
1. Set up mobile Command Post,
2. Fire Suppression exercise,
3. Extrication of victim from a collapsed structure,
4. Triage & Treatment,
5. Transport of victims
Job well done and I want to thank our CERT members to their devotion to all in this Wildwood community!