Letters: Consider joining Bristol’s CERT

To the editor:

As the New Year arrives, it is time to take stock in what we have to be thankful for in our community and what we as citizens can do to enhance our community’s well-being and sustainability in the coming year.

Many of us take for granted what we have in Bristol and think that someone else will always be there for us in times of emergency and disaster. While our first responders do an excellent job of providing these services, we need to look within to be able to help ourselves and others in the community to be prepared when disaster strikes. We need to see what we can do to enhance the lives of ourselves and our fellow citizens and neighbors.

Make a solid resolution for the New Year; join a group whose motto is “neighbors helping neighbors.” The Bristol CERT is an active group of volunteers proud to do just that, being there for our neighbors and our community in times of need, doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason. We are trained and ready to assist our first responders and fellow Bristolites and anyone else in need during natural and man-made disasters that may strike our community. We are always looking for new members with the same ideals and purposes.

If you are interested in attending a meeting, see what we do and what we can do for Bristol, join us on the second Wednesday of the month downstairs in the main Library at 6:30 p.m. to meet your fellow citizens with the same goals. Check out the Bristol CERT; look at our website at BristolCERT.com for further information as to what our mission is, what events we participate in for the city and how we train for any eventual disaster to strike our city.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting or you may contact me directly at harleygraime@bristolct.gov.

Harley Graime

Director

Emergency Management

City of Bristol