A message from Gary Bayne, Emergency Management Coordinator:
Our mission is to prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from emergencies including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other human-made disasters within the Township of Robinson and assist surrounding communities when requested.
PA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM:
The purpose of the certification and training program is to prescribe the training required to develop competency in individuals serving as county and local emergency management coordinators and staff. The content of the certification program has been reviewed by a panel of local, county, regional and state-level emergency management personnel. Authority for this program can be found in Title 35, subsection 7502. The Agency has consolidated this information plus detailed information on the various levels of certification including corresponding time-in-service requirements into a Directive.
In addition to the Directive, checklists for the various levels of government and levels of certification have been created to help the applicant document the required training and experience. Specific instructions on completing the checklists, time-in-service requirements, and appointment letters are contained in the Directive.
Emergency Management Coordinator Gary Bayne has attained ALL (3) PA Emergency Management Certifications.
INCIDENT COMMAND CAPABILITIES:
Robinson Township EMA utilizes a response vehicle to deploy critical resources to assist our first responders in the field. Some of the equipment and systems utilized on a regular basis are:
- Mobile computers and data link for documentation, planning, mapping and tracking teams in the field
- Various mobile and portable radios for essential communication
- Mobile weather station and lightening detectors to provide real-time weather related data
- Drone system (sUAS) capable of continuous flight time, recording data and real-time viewing/tracking in the field. This equipment, along with a FAA Certified Pilot, has become an essential tool for first responders during emergencies, damage assessments in the community and preplanning facilities in the community.
- Tracking/mapping solutions that we utilize helps us lead the way in search and rescue operations.
- Basic Life Safety equipment and AED
Let us help you develop your emergency response plans, preplan for emergencies and help you reach out to different agencies in the community that are here to serve you.
What is CERT?
- A community-based training program offered to municipalities, schools, scouts, business and industry, and non-profits, including community and faith-based organizations.
- Certified trainers train and develop team members within their organizations or community.
- CERT teams, comprised of people trained in BASIC emergency skills, help the community’s residents, schools and businesses deal with injuries and conditions until professionals can arrive.
- A program to help volunteers stay alive in a disaster rescue and assistance situation.
- A way to pre-plan for a potential neighborhood emergency.
- A way to reduce stress and confusion in the local area.
- An inducement for citizens to seek higher levels of training through other sources.
- A format that you can adapt to your local community structure.
If you are interested, please let us know and we can set up a meeting with your organization to see if a CERT program is the right fit for you.
DISASTER RESPONSE AND DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS:
The importance of the initial local assessment of damages cannot be over emphasized. This process is essential in determining:
- What happened and how it has affected individuals and communities.
- How residential, business and infrastructure property has been affected.
- Which areas were hardest hit.
- Which situations must be given response priority.
- What types of assistance are needed (e.g., local, state, or federal).
Accurate and timely damage reporting is crucial to successfully requesting and receiving federal assistance in the form of either low-interest loans or grants to help Pennsylvania’s citizens, businesses and infrastructure recover from a disaster. The recovery process begins with the identification of damages at the local level and the expeditious reporting of those damages within the emergency management channels:
- Individuals and businesses report property damages to the community’s Emergency Management Coordinator.
- Elected Officials report municipal property and infrastructure damages to the community’s Emergency Management Coordinator.
- Community Emergency Management Coordinators report damages to residential, business and municipal property and infrastructure within their community to the County Emergency Management Coordinator.
- County Emergency Management Coordinators report overall damages to residential, business and municipal property and infrastructure within their county to PEMA using the Initial Damage Reporter function of the automated Pennsylvania Emergency Information Reporting System (PEIRS).
Gary Bayne – Emergency Management Coordinator
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