Westshore CERT honored with emergency planning award

CERT volunteers participate in an August 2011 training exercise at Crocker Park.

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was among several Northeast Ohio-area organizations taking top honors this year in the third annual Business Emergency Planning Professional Excellence Awards. The BEPPEs recognize organizations that have successfully mitigated a business disruption or proactively prepared to avoid or better respond to a potential disaster with effective business continuity planning. All Northeast Ohio businesses, nonprofits and government agencies were eligible to participate.

Stark Enterprises was also recognized for its leadership in hosting the Westshore Regional CERT’s mass-casualty-incident fullscale exercise at its Crocker Park facility. By working in realistic surroundings, participants were able to gain the necessary experience to react better to a real-life incident.

The other BEPPE award winners this year were Cudell Improvement Inc. for the Safe-16 program and its security camera initiative on Madison Avenue, and Greater Cleveland Partnership for its downtown office relocation (to make way for the Horseshoe Casino) without disruption to its member services and related activities.

Tricia Granfors

The Westshore Regional CERT (WSC) is a (as of April 2011) 240 member nonprofit volunteer team under the Westshore Council of Governments. The national CERT program seeks to educate residents about disasters common or possible in their area through free 20-hour disaster preparedness training. US citizens over 18 who pass a background check are eligible for team membership. The WSC supplements emergency responders when needs outweigh resources.

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