In collaboration with Hawaii’s Pacific Basin University Centers for Excellence and the CNMI Homeland Security & Emergency Management’s Community Emergency Response Team program, PBUCE received last Friday a donation of 20 emergency kits for the Northern Marianas College’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities’ Feeling Safe Being Safe project.
UCEDD program manager Arlene Yamagata and PBUCE’s Floyd Masga were on hand to receive the donations from CERT program manager Patrick Cepeda and CERT staffer Steve Aguon last Dec. 18, 2020.
The FSBS training and tools are aimed at activating participants to take charge of their own safety planning. FSBS is about preparing and practicing for an emergency to help you feel safer every day. Not knowing what to do can lead to panic and confusion during an emergency or disaster, and maybe even contribute to an unsafe situation.
The CERT Program, PBUCE, and NMC UCEDD will be discussing further plans to train people with disabilities and their family members early next year to take a more active role in emergency management planning, and to prepare themselves and others for disasters.
On behalf of the PBUCE and its partners, we thank the CERT program staff for continuously taking an active role in helping the people of the CNMI. (PR)