Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Timothy Grenno would like to offer residents tips about getting involved in local emergency preparedness.
There are many important ways residents can get involved in their community's emergency preparedness and disaster response. Well-trained volunteers are invaluable after a disaster as volunteers can handle basic aid, which eases the burden on first responders during critical incidents.
Residents who are interested in joining Whitman's CERT should email Lisa Riley at email@example.com. CERT training classes are offered once per year.
"Having additional hands who can do things like offer basic medical care or assist in search and rescue is an excellent resource after a disaster, so we encourage those who are interested in volunteering to contact us," Chief Grenno said. "For those who prefer to donate, we encourage you to do your research. Scammers may try to take advantage of people’s generosity after a disaster, so it’s important that you know that your money is going to a reputable organization.”
- Donate to a recognized disaster relief organization. Cash donations allow relief organizations to fund response and recovery efforts, get goods and services and give financial aid to survivors.
- Donate goods that are specifically requested or needed by recognized organizations.
- Make a food donation to a local food bank that may distribute food to those impacted by the disaster.
Be an Active Bystander
- Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions and those who may need additional assistance.
- Call 911 to report emergency situations and request assistance.
- Learn CPR and basic first aid. Learn how to apply a tourniquet and Stop the Bleed. Provide first aid assistance within your abilities.
- If appropriate and safe to do so, assist victims at the scene of an emergency until help arrives. Help arriving first responders by sharing information you know about the incident, victims or facility. Ask how you may help. Follow the instructions of officials.
Residents are also encouraged to sign up for Whitman's Civic Ready notification system to receive emergency alerts related to the Town.