Wednesday, November 11, 2009


CERT = Community Emergency Response Team, there motto is "Doing the greatest good for the greatest number". The CERT program is administered by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. Most cities have CERT programs available. It is generally a 6-8 week course that teaches people the basics of taking care of themselves and those around them during an emergency. It also educated people about 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.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

This said, I went to a CERT training last year and found it extremely valuable. I think that anyone who has a chance to attend a CERT training should, if for no other reason than to become aware of what hazards are around you, and how to best handle yourself and your family in those situations.

I am going to attempt to give a CERT tip once a week. But, please check locally to see what is available to you. It will be worth your time.

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