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Emergency Managers. “Without the wonderful, hardworking CERT volunteers, our program would not be as successful as it is. Their service to the community is greatly appreciated.” According to Ponce, “The CERT mission is to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people. In an emergency you have to make rapid decisions based on an assessment of the needs around you. Training helps you do the right thing even when your natural instinct is to do something different.” Colin Tanner heads up training for the Gilroy CERT pro- gram. His day job is Active Shooter/Violent Intruder preven- tion and response training, and emergency management train- ing, for a nonprofit serving the public and private sectors. He wants the CERT program to be a mirror of the community it serves. “All are welcome regardless of their capabilities. Not every- one can do every job, but there is a job for everyone.”  According to Tanner, the first unit on Disaster Preparedness teaches about natural and man-made hazards in our area and the network of first responders who lead efforts to deal with them. Participants learn that being prepared means having five to seven days’ worth of emergency supplies at home, additional supplies at the office, and a backpack with about three days’ worth of supplies stowed in their cars. “It starts to sink in that they could be on their own for many days, and that disaster relief is not designed to restore them to the lifestyle they’re accustomed to, it’s designed for survival,” Tanner said. “If they lack food and water, they’ll get a gallon of water and two pre-packaged, ready-to-eat meals (MREs) per day per person. And it’s not just food and water, but copies of important documents, cash, prescription medications, eyeglasses, provisions for household pets, a radio, tents and sleeping bags—things we may need to survive when disaster turns life upside down.  CERT training includes a unit on Fire Safety led by Gilroy Fire Captain Randy Wong, who volunteers his free time to teach this unit for the Gilroy and Morgan Hill CERT programs. Units on CERT organization and operations are taught by Ponce, and there’s also a unit on terrorism response. Tanner described how, in the unit on Disaster Medical Operations (DMO), “the room gets quiet as trainees realize that DMO is not first aid. It’s about increasing the odds of survival using simple, life-saving steps in response to every- thing from an auto accident to a wildfire.”  CERT volunteers approach emergency response regionally and get to know each other through monthly trainings. “In a large-scale event, resources are coo ɑѕɽѡ)ɝ=Ʌѥ́ ѕȳtAͅq]ѡЁ)́ѥمѕ IṔչȁѡɔI͍Ք ɅQ)ɑѥɕɕͽɍ́́䰁ѡ)ٽչѕ́ɔ٥хɕͽɍt)5ɝ! IPɅȁ1\ ȁ́ɵ)х䁅ɍи!ѡȁ IPٽչѕ)Ё啅ȁݥѠѡMѠ չЁA)ͽѥѼɅѥɝ䁅ɱЁɅѥ́)M5ѥи)%1I=d5=I8!%10M85IQ%8) IP)ɔѥե͡)QɅ) IPQɅ̀Ȥ)M䁅5)A͕ȁݥѠ)1 ȁЁ5 )9ѥ9)=Ѐܸ) QȀ)ɽ) IPɅ)Qɥ) QȰ IP)ɽ٥ ѕ)QɅЁЁɽ)ɱѥمܸ)ѕȁ5)=Ʌѥ) IPͅѕ)Mձѥ)5ɝ!=L) ɑѽȰ))ȁA)ݥѠɝ)ɕ͔ѕ)MAQ5 H= Q= H)ѽ乍(