Hi! I’m Jill Stevens, Miss Utah 2007, I recently attended Eastern Michigan University’s TEEN CERT Train the Trainer in Provo, Utah. What an incredible training! The last 3 days have been wonderful. This train the trainer fits right in with my platform, “Emergency Preparedness”. This train the trainer focuses on Teen Community Emergency Response Teams (TEEN CERT) and how to get this youth program started in High Schools. This program is empowering for youth and is so needed in our education system. I have learned so much. Its great how we can help each other out, as I am now going to help “spear-head” TEEN CERT nation wide! I am so excited. I truly believe in what this program can do in teaching our youth life saving skills for emergency situations, that can and may very well happen in our society.
For the past 6 years, Jill Stevens has been serving in the US Military as a Combat Medic in the Utah National Guard, while earning her degree in Nursing at Southern Utah University. In November 2003, Jill was deployed to Afghanistan, returning home in April 2005. She has earned 5 medals for her outstanding service, and was the first female finisher of the inaugural Afghanistan Marathon, making a total of 12 marathons she has completed together with earning the highest Fitness award during Army Basic Training. In representing the Army National Guard, Sergeant Stevens recently addressed Generals from 40 different nations gathered at Hill Air Force Base. Jill will be competing for Miss America in January 2008!
Teen Community Emergency Response Team PDF Print
ImageThe Center for Regional and National Security (CeRNS) at Eastern Michigan University initiated a grant funded pilot project from Michigan Citizen Corp to develop, validate and initiate an education program targeting high school students teaching Disaster Preparedness and Response. The Teen Community Emergency Response Team (Teen CERT) Program educates students 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 medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, Teen CERT members can assist others in their schools, neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Teen CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.