Article Out Loud - Credentialing a Nation’s Volunteer Responder Network

An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

Catastrophic earthquakes and a desire for residents to help their neighbors inspired the creation of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). Since its creation in 1986, CERT has become a nationwide program that continues to evolve. This article describes how a new digital solution is closing the credentialing gap between citizen responders and emergency services agencies to enhance whole-community resilience.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

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Patty Ridings

Patty Ridings is currently the public information officer for the National CERT Association (NCA). She also is the community impact officer for Covenant Solar & Roofing. In addition to that role, she is active in the community and volunteers with approximately 38 non-profit organizations. She serves as a board member for Family Harvest Church and Succor Humanitarian and is part of the International Association of Women (IAW) National Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. She also serves as the community engagement and philanthropic coordinator for the Orland Park IAW leadership team. For three years, she served as the president of the Tinley Park Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (TPCPAAA) and a board member of the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce. She continues to serve veteran’s organizations, including The National Women Veteran United (NWVU), by bringing awareness of women’s issues in the military.



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