FREE CERT Basic Training

Disasters can strike at any time and being prepared for these and other unexpected events is critical to saving lives. Each one of us has a responsibility to understand the risk natural and man-made disasters pose to our communities, and to recognize we each have a role in preparing for these events.

We have a duty to build a Culture of Preparedness in which our neighbors, families and friends are ready for any disaster event, and to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared.

CERT Basic Training involves a FREE instructor-led course consisting of 20 hours of instruction on topics such as Personal and Family Preparedness, Earthquake Preparation, Team Organization, Medical Operations and Triage, Damage Assessment, Fire Suppression, Utility Control, and Light Search and Rescue. You may choose either the Saturday track consisting of four classes, or the weeknight track consisting of six classes. Both classes conclude with a skills exercise held on a Saturday morning.

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For an overview of the CERT Basic Training course, please review this online tutorial:
IS-317 Introduction to CERT

The CERT Basic Training course will benefit any citizen who takes it. They will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. CERT members are volunteers that supplement the local response capability after a disaster. CERT members are trained to provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources following a disaster.

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; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.

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