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CERT to provide update to Ridgefield officials on pandemic response work

A meeting to discuss best practices will be held Thursday in Ridgefield about public safety.  CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team, will provide a presentation on its pandemic response.  Ridgefield’s police and fire chiefs, Health Department Director, First Selectman and representatives from  the Office of Emergency Management, among others, will be at the meeting.  CERT was organized about a decade ago to serve residents during disasters, local emergencies and community-wide events.  Volunteers traditionally have staffed the Emergency Operations Center and phone banks, along with coordinating damage assessment and searches for missing persons.  More than 30 people recently completed CERT certification requirements and training.