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Apr 04, 2013

Vote today to help Johnson City/Washington County win $25,000

The Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is in the running to receive a $25,000 grant, and voting now lies in the hands of the public. Now through Monday, April 22, anyone with a Facebook account can vote at  up to 10 times a day for the EMA and its project, the Ready Washington County Emergency Response Team (CERT).
CERT was selected as one of just 200 finalists from among 3,000 submissions nationwide for the 2013 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant. According to State Farm, the Neighborhood Assist program empowers people to identify problems in their community, connects them with local nonprofits that can help solve the problem and provides an opportunity for communities to receive funding to make a positive impact in their neighborhood.
CERT is a group of proactive citizens willing to take a leadership role should a disaster occur, and is designed to help neighborhoods prepare for and respond after catastrophic disasters such as winter storms, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods and other major emergencies.
“CERT is a crucial component to our Ready Washington County disaster preparedness plan,” said EMA Training and Operations Officer Chad Bruckman. “Emergency responders cannot possibly be everywhere, all the time, in the event of a disaster. We need citizens who are willing to be properly trained to implement procedures in their communities to help keep themselves and their neighbors safe.”
Bruckman said the $25,000 would be used to: purchase Community Emergency Response Disaster trailers; properly equip each CERT member with proper personal protective equipment; and recruit and train new CERT members and instructors.
“CERT exemplifies community involvement and making a difference,” said Bruckman. “These volunteers are stepping up, willing to face hazardous situations to safeguard their communities. They deserve to have the proper tools, training and equipment to do that.”
For more information, please call Bruckman at 434-6082.
Again, the public is asked to vote (up to 10 times a day) at through April 22.

Chad Bruckman, training and operations officer
Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency

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