Upper West Side CERT

Thanksgiving Message to CERT Volunteers from NYC OEM

CERT members citywide received the following email from our leadership at the NYC Office of Emergency Management. Thanks for the acknowledgement, OEM, we were happy to help — and proud that we know how!

Dear NYC CERT Members,

We wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all that you have done and continue to do for the City as we continue to recover from Sandy.  NYC CERT members have been deployed in a variety of ways ranging from information dissemination, food distribution, shelter operations, evacuating hospitals, pumping fuel from gas tankers, working the HEC, working UORC, and helping with search and rescue operations to name only a few, and the assistance has been invaluable. 

 OEM staff still remain fully activated for Sandy but we will be able to focus on program operations with a skeleton crew so please continue to bear with us.  Our CERT basic training classes will resume next week and we are working on rescheduling post-training classes that had to be postponed.  We will send out separate emails regarding these events.  We also want to encourage you to hold after-actions and keep track of all that you have done (and continue to do) during this activation so that we can write a comprehensive report at the end.  We intend on holding a formal program after-action in January but do send in your reports if they are ready.

We are proud to note that the NYC CERT program was mentioned in a New York Times article and was highlighted in an interview on a NY1 program by the Deputy Mayor of Operations, Cas Holloway.  Some of you also got some face time with Senator Gillibrand and Secretary Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security.  We are working with the national program to highlight what you have done and have sent them the pictures that many of you have forwarded.

You have all represented the NYC CERT program with dignity and grace but even more importantly you have represented your communities and the City with a dedication that is unsurpassed.  We have had challenges during this activation–how to operate with communications being down and movement near to impossible for a while–that we will learn from going forward. 

Many of you responded even though you were personally impacted by Sandy and words cannot begin to describe what that has meant to us here at OEM and to your other CERT team members. 

To all CERT team members we ask that you pass on a special thank you to your families who have supported you in your CERT obligations.  Again, to all of you thank you.

We are proud to work on the NYC CERT program and even prouder that you continue to give of your time.  On this Thanksgiving we wish you a day of good times, good memories, and good food. 

Happy Thanksgiving,

NYC CERT Program Staff

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