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The Community Emergency Response Team Program educates people about disaster preparedness and hazards and trains them in basic disaster response skills. CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.Members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in their community.
There are 3 keys that will unlock the doors to your family research.
Key 1 – Name – full name, nick name, variation spelling (Surname, Maiden)
Key 2 – Date – day, month, year, and CA for about this time
Key 3 – Place – city, township, county, state
Talk to family members who are still alive. Ask them questions about their experiences, memories, and events in their lives. Topics can be: family, travel, school, job, home, entertainment, holiday, sports, religion, military, and current events. Always remember the 3 keys when talking to them and the 3 questions of what, how, and why.
Put the facts on a family group sheet. Write up the information in story form and place it behind the group sheet.
Photos: identify those in the pictures. Use the 3 keys and 3 questions to write up what the photo depicts and place it behind the photo.
Look for clues in scrapbooks, diaries, photos, baby books, family Bible, or a box of stored keepsakes. You might ask family members if they have any of these papers or other information.
Tools you will need to get started and for storage are: family group sheet, pen, paper, notebook, dividers, and sleeves for documents. Technological tools might be a computer, smart phone, and camera.
Be sure to keep track of your sources. Note where you got the information and when.