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C. E. R. T.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Members of the community trained to help neighbors in a disaster. This group in intended for sharing ideas.

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Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Members of the community trained to help neighbors in a disaster. This group in intended for sharing ideas about how to form a team, training, disaster preparedness issues, disaster mitigation & other issues.

What is CERT and why is there a need?

Each year, many communities are rocked by severe weather such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or flash floods, winter storms, earthquakes, firestorms, volcanoes (etc) or “man-made” disasters.

The damage caused by such disasters effect everyone. Disasters:

* Can severely restrict and overwhelm emergency response resources, communications, transportation and utilities; and
* Can leave neighborhoods and individuals cut off from the outside emergency support.

What if this happens to you?

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are trained to take care of themselves and then help others in their communities for the first three days following a disaster. This is when debris clogged or damaged roads, disrupted communications or a high volume of calls may prevent access by emergency response personnel. The training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice and by working as a team, you will be able to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people after a disaster, while protecting yourself from becoming a victim.

What does the course involve?

The CERT Course consists of 24 hours of training. Classes are taught by emergency medical and law enforcement personnel. The course agenda includes: DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS, CERT ORGANIZATION, DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY, TERRORISM AND CERT.

Objectives of the course.
* Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities
* Describe the function of CERT and their roles in immediate response.
* Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster.
* Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplaces.
* Works as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid.
* Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock.
* Conduct triage under simulated conditions.
* Perform head to toe assessments
* Select and set up a treatment area.
* Employ basic treatments for various wounds
* Use planning and size up requirements for potential search and rescue operations.
* Describe the most common techniques for shoring a structure.
* Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
* Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.
* Define terrorism and identify CERT procedures during an incident.

Contact your local Fire or Police Department for a C.E.R.T. training class in your community or contact Citizen Corps

Discussion Forum

Tools for CERTs (Disaster Reporter, FEMA app and CERT newsletter)

Started by Janet Liebsch May 28. 0 Replies

The following appeared in FEMA’s 28-May-2014 Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief...As we kick off the 2014 Hurricane Season, help us highlight the CERT program and demonstrate your capacity…Continue

Tags: resources, selfie, map, preparedness, tools

Deploy Pro app now available for CERTs

Started by Janet Liebsch. Last reply by Tony Thomas Feb 17. 2 Replies

USFRA member Mike…Continue

Tags: GPS, deployment, track, emergencies, triage

Download Rowlett CERT app (requesting input for new app from CERTs, FDs, PDs, etc)

Started by Janet Liebsch. Last reply by Michael Ross Nov 20, 2013. 9 Replies

USFRA member Mike Ross, from EastTex Regional CERT, has developed a mobile app for Rowlett CERT (for iPhone and Android) that is designed to be used by members of their emergency response team…Continue

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Comment by Larry Walton on January 10, 2013 at 8:07pm

We trained 23 people at Spring Valley Lake. It is a small community in the Upper desert.

Comment by Larry Walton on January 10, 2013 at 8:05pm

Our first CERT class is in March.

Comment by Janet Liebsch on December 5, 2012 at 6:30pm

Great job and congratulations Larry! Hope more and more join each class since it can help their respective neighborhoods and your community as a whole.

Comment by Larry Walton on December 5, 2012 at 4:38pm

Our CERT just finished with our 5th CERT class. We had 19 people in the class.

Comment by Larry Walton on November 22, 2012 at 10:19pm

Our CERT is having a class on November 29, 30 and Dec 1st for a community who wants its own CERT team.

Comment by Larry Walton on November 16, 2012 at 9:29pm

Thanks Janet. It is very well organized.

Comment by Larry Walton on November 16, 2012 at 9:28pm

Comment by Larry Walton on November 16, 2012 at 9:28pm

Comment by Janet Liebsch on November 16, 2012 at 9:14pm

That's awesome Larry - congrats on such an active CERT..!!

Comment by Larry Walton on November 16, 2012 at 6:38pm

My chapter has been active for 2 years now. We have over 100 memebers now.

We have 3 classes each year and we are doing a fourth class at the end of November for a community called Spring Valley Lake.

We reciently where involved at a Saftey Fair in Hesperia and ha a number of people sign up for future classes.


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