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Hey everyone. I am having some patches made for my local team and wanted to see if anyone wanted to buy one. If so, please let me know on the floor on. If not, I'd love some feedback on the design and maybe what you guys would change
Post by Major_Disaster on Apr 17, 2017 16:22:12 GMT -8
It's a very nice, well designed, professional looking patch.
It might, to some, look too professional and too official.
CERTs are, after all, volunteers and not professional first responders. Yet that should not diminish the skill, ability, experience or the contribution of any CERT volunteer.
I, for one, would be hesitant to wear such a patch because I would be concerned that I would be mistaken for a law enforcement person or some official of the federal government. The confusion it could cause with the public and other government agencies might get a volunteer into trouble.
As a Red Cross volunteer wearing Red Cross-logoed vest and gear, I've been mistaken for a government official by the public on more than one occasion. I always have the word VOLUNTEER prominently displayed on my name badges because I do not want to be mistaken for an official of any government or an employee.
While the CERT logo (the one at the top of this page) isn't the greatest it is less "official" looking and more benign. I would favor something with the word "volunteer" conspicuously in the design.
I believe it is very important that the public know that CERTs are volunteers from their community. It can also do a lot to defuse tense situations that can arise in a disaster.
Post by Major_Disaster on Apr 19, 2017 7:30:48 GMT -8
Just my opinion.....
I think it's valuable to cpell our "CERT" as most people have never heard of it. I think spelling out "volunteer" is an excellent idea. "Volunteer" should be very conspicuous.
As a volunteer, it's the Homeland Security logo that makes me uncomfortable. In my view, that's what people will see and remember. It may put those you are trying to help on guard, it may create tension, it may be confusing, and it may raise an unrealistic expectation in the mind of those encountered.
Identifying CERT with FEMA (which is under Homeland Security) seems more specific and less.....authoritative (that's my connotation of a patch with the Homeland Security logo in it) as FEMA is the parent organization for CERT (in that it is nationally sponored/recognized program --- but not managed at the federal level).
But CERT is locally managed/administered by city or county government and not FEMA or Homeland Security. Local emergency managers might not feel that identifying CERT with the federal government is accurate or appropriate. I would suggest working with your local CERT program manager before investing in any logo for your CERT.
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