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CERT: Protecting the Home Front

Written by  Al Marcella, Ph.D., CFSA, CISA March 3, 2014

CERT I recently completed a three week Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course. While going through the training program, I had the opportunity to consider many potential community disaster scenarios and incident events. This experience made me acutely aware of the need to utilize my business continuity planning skills to assess my personal disaster emergency plans and preparedness. To those who may not be familiar with CERT, here is just a brief introduction. First, the CERT which I am referring to here is not the CERT many IT security and audit professionals are familiar with (the federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University). This CERT is organizing in a neighborhood near you. The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster

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