PREPS: Do You Know the History of CERT?

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April 10, 2014

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Nicholas HaroldIntroducing Nicholas Herold

Nicholas’ passion for emergency preparedness has been a part of both his professional and personal life for many years.  

He is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps, a community of trained volunteers who provide and support public health services, such as staffing emergency shelters, vaccination clinics, and responding to disaster situations. He is also a member of the Arlington, MA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a FEMA-sponsored community resilience program that can be mobilized by community and regional emergency managers. 

In 2012, he created Public Health Preparedness, a blog that provides in depth emergency management analysis and preparedness tips for everything from measles to tornadoes.  

This week, we invited Nicholas to share the history of the CERT program. Starting from humble beginnings in Los Angeles, today it is a nationwide life saving force.


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