Teens Needed For Second CERT Explorer Program

FREEHOLD – As September’s National Preparedness Month comes to a close and Texas and Florida deal with the aftermath of two devastating hurricanes, Sheriff Shaun Golden has announced that the Sheriff’s Office will be holding a second TEEN Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Explorer Post Program.

A charter application was filed with the Monmouth Council Boy Scouts of America on February 7 to form the TEEN CERT Explorer Post #2, which is managed by the Office of Emergency Management.

“Under the direction of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, (OEM), the TEEN CERT program provides critical support to our overall public safety mission,” said Sheriff Golden.

An initial TEEN CERT Program was held earlier this spring and graduated 40 teens. It was the first of its kind in the state.

The program, which is a National Homeland Security initiative designed to make our communities safer, trains teens to assist in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies or disasters.

Training involves basic medical aid, light search and rescue, firefighting, CERT organization, disaster preparedness, disaster psychology and a final exercise scenario – during about 22 hours of training.

Interested teens between the ages of 14 and 20, and adults over the age of 21 who can serve as adult leaders, are invited to an informational session on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. at the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Center, 2500 Kozloski Road.

Please RSVP to the TEEN CERT informational session by emailing teencert@mcsonj.org or calling 732-431-7400, ext. 1801.