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Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT) is a 24-hour course designed to train individuals to be able to care for themselves, their families and their neighbors in the first 72 hours immediately following a large-scale emergency or disaster. This is the time when emergency response resources are most severely taxed and there may be delays in responding due to the volume of calls. During this time period disruptions in infrastructure can also delay or prevent emergency responders from reaching certain geographic areas.
The classes will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 - 10 p.m. on June 19, 20, 26, 27 and July 17, 18 and 24 on the A-B Tech Enka Campus – Haynes Building Room 226. Attendance at all class sessions is required and registration is “First Come-First Serve” with a limit of 20 participants.
To register for the training please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and telephone number and put “CERT June 5” in the subject line of the email.
The course covers the following topics:
UNIT 1: DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
Recent Disasters and Emergencies
Disaster and Disaster Workers
Impact on the Infrastructure
Structural and Nonstructural Hazards
Home and Workplace Preparedness
Protection for Disaster Workers
UNIT 2: FIRE SAFETY
Reducing Fire Hazards in the Home and Workplace
Fire Suppression Safety
Exercise: Suppressing Small Fires
UNIT 3: DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS—PART 1
Treating Life-Threatening Conditions
UNIT 4: DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS—PART 2
Public Health Considerations
Functions of Disaster Medical Operations
Establishing Treatment Areas
Conducting Head-to-Toe Assessments
Treating Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains, and Strains
UNIT 5: LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS
Search and Rescue Size up
Conducting Search Operations
Conducting Rescue Operations
UNIT 6: CERT ORGANIZATION
CERT Decision Making
UNIT 7: DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY
Working with Survivors’ Trauma
UNIT 8: TERRORISM AND CERT
What is Terrorism?
Terrorist Targets; Terrorist Weapons; B-NICE Indicators
Preparing at Home and Work
CERTs and Terrorist Incidents
UNIT 9: COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION
Exercise Critique and Summary