Emergencies happen quickly and without warning. While first responders are there to help, they are not always able to provide immediate assistance to everyone. You can make a difference in your community by mobilizing your Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) when an incident occurs to save lives and protect property. Start by recruiting and organizing your CERT volunteers before an emergency happens so you are better prepared to act.
A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.
Isolation can take a significant toll on a person, and new research studies the challenges and consequences of mass quarantine. In CERT, we teach that people should understand the risks the themselves, their communities, and their regions. In our training we have an entire sections on Psychological effects from a disaster. So, it’s important to know what the psychological effects you may see in yourself our others around you during this quarantine.
The CERT National Program Office is also very pleased to announce publication of six new supplemental training modules, now available for download. The supplemental modules will train CERT members in new skills and increase CERTs’ capacity to support local emergency services and public safety.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.
This video is provided by FEMA via the www.ready.gov/CERT website. Please see the usage guidelines here: https://www.fema.gov/photo-video-audio-use-guidelines
This training video covers the basics of fire size up, use of extinguishers and fire safety. Fires are dangerous and can change quickly. As in all CERT operations, the CERT members safety is always the number one priority. Safety measures presented in the video include use of protective gear and the proper equipment to extinguish small fires, working with a buddy and a team, planning for safe entry and exit, maintaining a safe distance and position from a fire and using the P.A.S.S. procedure to operate fire extinguishers.
This video supports the materials presented in the CERT Basic Training course Unit 6: Fire Safety and Utility Controls in the 2019 CERT Training Material. This video is provided by FEMA via the www.ready.gov/CERT website. Please see the usage guidelines here: https://www.fema.gov/photo-video-audio-use-guidelines
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members know that communication during an emergency is vital. Don Lewis of the Alexandria Radio Club in Virginia wants CERTs around the country to know how amateur radios can help.