The CERT Program Details

Through 8 modules delivered over three Saturdays, you will be trained in basic self-help and mutual-aid emergency functions. Following is a brief description of each module:

1st Saturday

Disaster Preparedness

  Introduction to disasters

  Impact on infrastructure

  Building structures and nonstructural items

  Role of CERTs in disaster response

  Disaster Fire Suppression

Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards

  Basic fire suppression strategy

  Firefighting resources

  Firefighting techniques

2nd Saturday

Light Search and Rescue Operations

  Search and rescue priorities and resources

  Techniques for situation size-up and search

  Lifting, cribbing, and victim removal

  Rescuer safety

Disaster Psychology and Team Organization

  The post-disaster emotional environment

  CERT organization

  CERT decision-making and documentation

Terrorism and CERT

  Define terrorism

  Possible terrorism targets within your community

  Biological, Nuclear, Incendiary, Chemical, and Explosive (B-NICE) weapons

  Characteristics of B-NICE weapons Actions to take following a suspected terrorism event

3rd Saturday

Disaster Medical Operations--Part 1

  Treatment strategies for life-threatening conditions

  Principles of triage

Disaster Medical Operations--Part 2

      • Medical operations conducted within treatment areas to which victims are sent from triage, including:
      • Head-to-toe patient assessment
      • Treatments for various injuries
      • Public health considerations