Lakeland Emergency Management Director
The long term goal is to build a regular training program here in Lakeland once funds become available. Until that time we must depend on the Memphis/Shelby County program or the Bartlett Fire Department.
Good leadership is key to successful disaster response. A damaging flood, fire, earthquake or other emergency might overwhelm local fire, police, hospital, and city personnel. As a result, your neighborhood response teams might have to treat the injured, rescue those who are trapped and assess the damage to homes, neighborhoods, businesses and schools. C.E.R.T. training will provide you tips on how to organize your neighborhood response team.
If your neighborhood, work place or school doesn’t have an emergency response team, form one now. Local agencies such as Emergency Management and Red Cross can give you helpful information in setting up response teams. Emergency response teams will operate best if they are organized and have good leadership. The Planning Committee can develop goals and objectives before the next emergency.
The committee should give a Block or Team Captain the authority to make decisions after an emergency. It’s important, however, that the Block Captain work with other leaders and delegate assignments and responsibilities, as appropriate. To maintain control, no one person should direct more than 5-7 people. House meetings are a valuable tactic for recruiting volunteers and building a team. Your house meeting will help you identify your leadership team. Building community through house meetings is a critical step towards the President’s ultimate goal, which is to support everyday Americans in a grassroots effort to improve lives and strengthen communities.
Check out the following websites/links of interest
American Red Cross www.redcross.org
Citizen Corps www.citizencorps.gov