Active CERT Members: Do you need a new ID card?

January 4, 2014

This applies only to ACTIVE Mahwah CERT team members  whose ID Cards expired or have not received an ID card after graduation.

Starting now, Gidget will be doing CERT and CART ID cards at the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management , 285 Campgaw Road, Mahwah (building on the right side as you enter the fire academy).  She will enter all ID card information from the FORM when you come to get your ID cards.  Fill it out as best as you can and I will add any missing information. Information should be in the computer for those who have an expired card,  but I would complete the form a head of time just in  case it can’t be found.   Please make sure you have a completed form filled out when you come in This operation will cease the end of January, so for those who want ID cards, now is the time to make that happen.  Feel free to come anytime per the schedule listed below. NOTE:  All  ID cards will be given to me for distribution to our team members.

ID Card dates scheduled:
January 6th,  7th, 13th, 17th, 20th, and 21st, 30th  will be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
January 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 27th, 28th, 29th   will be from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

More dates will be scheduled in the late spring time.

Free “Emergency Response” Training Starts January 14, 2014

Mahwah, NJ – December 13, 2013 – The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT/CART) training will be offered at the Bergen Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah starting in the New Year on Tuesday, January 14th, at 7pm.  The training covers exciting topics such as Disaster Preparedness, Terrorism Awareness, and Animal Rescue, and provides residents with basic skills and information on what to do before, during and after a disaster to aid themselves, their family and their community.


There is NO COST to participate in the CERT/CART training course which will begin on Tuesday, January 14th, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, and will run on Tuesday evenings for   twelve weeks.  At the completion of the program, basic CERT safety equipment will be issued to each participant.  Class size is limited, so immediate registration is encouraged to insure a place in this class.

For more information and a course application, Mahwah residents should visit the website or contact Allan Becker by telephone at 201-960-1932 or by email

Emergency Services Handled Highest Number of Calls Ever During Sandy

See Mahwah Patch article here:

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Assistance Numbers

The following information was received from the Bergen County Department of Health Services:                                                                                                                 

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Assistance Numbers

Call 211 for any issue or go to the website for a complete listing or:

If an individual needs food or clothes: Call Moonachie at 201-875-7193

  • To Volunteer: Volunteer Center 201-489-9454
  • FEMA-disaster aid (temporary housing, repair, replacement, and other needs related to the disaster): 1-800-621-3362
  • To make a donation of food: Center for Food Action 201-569-1804 or 201-883-9375
  • For donations of used clothing call the Salvation Army 973-742-1126
  • Child Care Providers that cannot open and Foster Parents 877-652-2873
  • Unemployment from Hurricane 201-601-4100
  • Volunteer Mental Health Workers 201-634-2750 or 201-489-9454
  • Homeless Singles (not families) Hotline 1-888-323-7436
  • HOMELESS Families who are recipients of or eligible for TANF, GA, or SSI.  There is no funding under Motel Placement for the Working Poor. Board of Social Services 201-368-4200
  • Temporary Rental Assistance, Security Deposit: Call
    • The homeless shelter (Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center) at 201-336-6475/6490 or go to it @120 South River Street in Hackensack
    • Community Action Partnership 201-968-0200 x 7041 
    • The Department of Education announced today the launch of a hotline for families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Families will be able to call the Department directly at 609-292-2070 to speak with a department staffer with any questions about the schooling options available to them, which may include arrangements with their home district or enrolling in an alternative district. The hotline is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
    •  The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories.

CERT Assists During Hurricane Sandy

Mahwah CERT members assisted the township during the week of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. A record number of volunteer service hours were put in by CERT to help out:

  • at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) helping to handle  the very high volume of incoming phone calls.
  • at the emergency shelter set up in the Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah.
  • on the road assisting Office of Emergency Management (OEM) personnnel.
  • at the warming center set up at Ramapo College.
  • redirecting voters at polling places that were changed.