Since starting the program in the year 2000, we’ve held CERT Training at Henderson County Schools facilities, Henderson City/County Rescue Squad, Henderson Emergency Operations Center and the Henderson City Fire Department.
During the “Ice Storm” 2009 did you feel prepared? Or, did you feel unprepared and alone, not knowing what you could do to make the situation better and safer for you and your family?
Being a CERT Trained member, you will be part of the solution and have knowledge that can help your family, neighbors and our community.
Today’s threats are many. Whether it’s a Flood, Tornado, Earthquake, Ice Storm, Active Shooter Event, just to name a few threats, knowing what to do and being self sufficient for 10-14 days will go a long way in how you and your family will be affected by the incident whether it is Human-Caused, Technological, or Natural.
Some people already have 3-5 days (those are the old numbers) worth of food and water, first aid supplies, battery operated radios, flashlights, communications, evacuation plans, accountability points, and MONEY; to get through the next disaster, and there WILL BE a next time! Are you one of those people?
CERT Training can help you be better prepared to face future disasters.
Who are CERT members?
Professionals of all sorts, Health Care Workers, Business men and women, Retired and fulltime workers, Homemakers, Students, Educators, etc.
General public and citizens who want to learn how to better protect themselves, their families and relatives, their friends, their neighbors, their neighborhoods, and their communities.
Who are CERT members? – They are all Trained VOLUNTEERS!
What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is part of a Presidential Initiative “Citizens Corps” which is coordinated nationally by the Department of Homeland Security (DHA), administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and led by Regional Citizen Corps Councils. I am Vice President of the Regional Green River Area Development District (GRADD) Citizens Corp Council.
Other components of the program include: Fire Corps, Neighborhood Watch, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS).
Citizen Corps, and more specifically CERT, was developed to train citizens to be better self prepared and to protect themselves, their families, their neighbors, and their communities in the event of a major emergency or disaster.
How does CERT work?
CERT training consists of classroom lecture and a large amount of hands-on experiences.
CERT training will teach you not only when to respond but how to PROPERLY respond to major emergencies or disasters in an organized and professional manner.
CERT provides training on how to most effectively and efficiently respond to a call for help.
What you learn through the CERT program can never be taken away from you.
You can use your CERT training at home, at work, on vacation, shopping, playing; virtually anywhere and at anytime.
CERT Training Modules include:
- Disaster Preparedness
- Fire Safety (with hands on)
- Disaster Medical Operations Part 1 – Triage and Treating Life Threatening Injuries (with hands on)
- Disaster Medical Operations Part 2 – Assessment, Treatment, and Hygiene (with hands on)
- Light Search and Rescue (with hands on)
- Team Organization including Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS)
- Disaster Psychology and Medical Reserve Corp. (MRC)
- Terrorism and CERT
- Final Full Scale Exercise (hands on)
CERT Training will teach you to:
- Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect your home and community.
- Describe the function of CERT and their roles in immediate response.
- Take steps to prepare yourself for a disaster.
- Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in your home and workplace.
- Work 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.
- Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
- Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.
- Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
- Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.
CERT Instructors will be professionals with expertise in the areas of instruction that they will present.
CERT training WILL NOT make you:
A Certified Firefighter
A Paramedic, EMT, or 1st Responder
A Search and Rescue Technician
A Terrorist Fighter
CERT Duties and Responsibilities:
- Learn to take care of yourself
- Learn to take care of your family
- Lear to take care of your neighbors
- Learn to take care of your neighborhood
- Learn to take care of your co-workers
- Be self activated as per your training
- Maintain communications with Emergency Management
- During a disaster, do not deploy outside your neighborhood unless requested
- Use what you have learned; when it is needed and right where you are
- Always work within your training
- Always work within the Incident Command System (ICS), especially when you have the CERT Identification on
- Always act and respond professionally (you are presenting CERT nationally)
- Participate as much as you want and as much as you can
Additional CERT Training Available (but not included in the basic course):
- Shelter management
- Community relations
- Donations management
- Special needs concerns
- Debris management / removal
- Utilities control
- Advanced first aid
- Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use
- CPR Skills
- Pandemic Preparedness planning
- Disaster Psychology
- Methamphetamine Awareness
- Earthquake Preparedness
- Weather Spotter
- Damage Assessment
- Family Disaster Planning
- Emergency Kit Development
- Electrical Safety during emergencies
- Gas/Pipeline Safety During Emergencies
This year’s training starts September 26th, 2019. To register for this training, please complete this registration form and we’ll see you at the Emergency Operations center then.