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Citizen Emergency Response Team
CERT Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using the training in this manual to save lives and protect property.
CERT is an integral part of Citizen Corps, the grass-roots movement that actively involves everyone in making our communities and our nation safer, stronger, and better prepared. All over America, communities have organized Citizen Corps Councils to inspire people to take action and get involved. To learn more about CERT and other Citizen Corps programs in your area, visit www.citizencorps.gov.
Training provides first responders, homeland security officials, emergency management officials, private and non-governmental partners, and other personnel with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform key tasks required by specific capabilities.
This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice and by working as a team, you will be able to do the greatest good for the greatest number after a disaster, while protecting yourself from becoming a victim.
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Field guide and cards
Notebook is a comprehensive companion filled with practical reference material that refreshes core skills in a pinch. Properly evaluate triage, deploy a fire extinguisher, and leave intelligible markings for search crews in a rescue situation thanks to simple guides and templates printed throughout the book.
You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in suffi cient quantity to last for at least three days. Local offi cials 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.
Sample distaster plan
This plan describes the organizational and general operational concepts and procedures to be implemented at our facility to maximize the effectiveness of emergency assistance, reduce the loss of life and property, and expedite recovery from disaster. It is an all-hazards plan and is a natural or human-imposed disaster.
CERT Classroom Manuals
If available, emergency services personnel are the best trained and equipped to handle emergencies, and you should use them. However, following a catastrophic disaster, you and the community may be on your own for a period of time because of the size of the area affected, lost communications, and unpassable roads.