DES MOINES — Earlier this week, Governor Kim Reynolds presented the Marshall County CERT — Community Emergency Response Team — with a Governor’s Volunteer Award, which recognizes diverse Iowa volunteers for their selfless contributions to their communities. Along with Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Reynolds presented the certificate to Marshall County Director of Emergency Management Kim Elder, CERT Communications Chief Brian Krumm, Vice President Randy Waltemeyer and team member Scott Potter on Tuesday in Des Moines.
Elder nominated his team for the award because the past few years have proven particularly difficult in light of COVID-19, the 2020 derecho and an EF-3 tornado that devastated Marshalltown in 2018. While police and Local firefighters have had their hands full with such incidents in the past, CERT team members have worked alongside them to provide additional services where they can help.
“CERT members aren’t necessarily first responders, but we fall under the umbrella of emergency management,” Elder said. “Our goal is to bridge the gap between untrained citizens and first responders.”
In practice, CERT responders are usually called upon after an emergency or disaster to provide additional services – such as directing traffic or disbursing supplies – where police and fire departments cannot help due to problems. more urgent.
“We are an additional resource for first responders,” Elder said. “For example, we don’t want to use our law enforcement to direct citizens or traffic if they can do something else, and that goes for firefighters as well.”
Elder also noted that she named her team simply to recognize how much they are loved and valued in the Marshall County community, including two members who sadly passed away but will always be remembered and recognized for their voluntary contributions.
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