CERT Program Support Committee

 
 
This newly formed Committee will explore ways to assist local communities with the establishment, maintenance and training needed for local CERT programs.  The committee will focus on providing technical support and guidance to local CERT programs, including but not limited to programs formed within public safety, industry and schools. 
 
 
Objectives
  • Create a common base on which CERT programs can be built
  • Provide Train the Trainer and Program Management classes
  • Maintain a register of CERT trainers
  • Provide continuing education for trainers
  • Capture data on the trainings held in the state and other data
  • Capitalize on opportunities to share resources
  • Share best practices and lessons learned
  • Foster, recommend and develop standards
  • Creation / sharing of training tools / aids / handouts / power points / forms
  • Develop ways to get the CERT story out statewide
 
Background, what is CERT?
 
Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the
number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard
training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your
neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.
 
CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where
citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While
people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT
program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in
unnecessary danger.
 
In the CERT training, citizens learn to:
  • Manage utilities
  • Put out small fires
  • Treat the three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock
  • Provide basic medical aid
  • Search for and rescue victims safely
  • Organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective
  • Collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts
 
 
Involved in CERT? Want to be part of the Committee?
 
We are looking for committee members from across the state. Do you have ideas to share and
are interested in developing materials for the future support web pages? Like to read documents
and provide constructive feedback? Have you started a CERT team and are willing to
share what you learned? Inquire about joining the committee with this inquiry form.