The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is offering a course on community preparedness. This course begins March 30, 2011 and will go through May 11, 2011.
From the brochure/flyer:
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.
CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; as well as organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective .
According to the flyer that is, available online CERT Training is available for those who are over the age of 16 and are individuals physically capable in helping someone in the event of an emergency.
This training is sponsored by local Law Enforcement, Emergency Management Agency, or Fire department, and provides community members a better perspective of potential threats to their home, workplace and community; as well as provides the skills necessary to take appropriate steps to lessen the effects such hazards have on themselves, their homes, and workplace.
The cost of this training is $25.00 per individual and the cost of equipment. The courses are offered every Wednesday from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.
The recent devastation of Japan and New Christchurch are examples for the need of such training and what a better way to participate by doing this course as a family.
If you have children under the age of 16, have one parent (or both parents for that matter) participate in the certification course. If you have children 16 or older, have them take this course as well, especially if you have a son who is involved in scouting.
There are 7 units to the certification with a Final Exam/Drill at the end of the course. Each unit focusing on an important aspect, the first one being that of emergency preparedness. Other units are: Fire Safety, Light Search & Rescue, Medical Operations 1 and 2, and Disaster Psychology & Team Organization.
The brochure/flyer also gives you a list of required equipment that each participant needs to have by the second week of class.
For more information about the CERT please visit www.citizencorps.gove/cert/training_mat.shtm.