Presentation on theme: "A CERT in Every County! Samantha Royster Ann Keyes, Director"— Presentation transcript:
1 A CERT in Every County! Samantha Royster Ann Keyes, Director NC CERT Program Manager Washington County CERTNC Emergency Management Emergency Management
2 What is CERT?Community Emergency Response Teams started by Los Angeles Fire Department in 1985 when they realized they could easily be overwhelmed in a large-scale emergency/ disaster.Recognized need for citizens to be trained in how to help themselves.Adopted by FEMA and expanded to national program.Currently more than 2,200 teams in 50 states, 3 territories and 6 foreign countries.
3 What is CERT?Following a major disaster, first responders will not be able to meet the demand of survivors immediately.People will have to rely on each other to meet immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs.Apex CERT, Wake County
4 CERT is:A network of neighborhood and workplace teams who are trained by emergency service professionals who call on them during local disaster situations. CERT members are also a volunteer resource for non-emergency preparedness projects.Bladen County CERTApex CERT, Wake CountyWashington County CERT
5 CERT is:Community members partnering together to provide positive reinforcement of emergency planning and safetyroles.
6 CERT is not:Training citizens to act as firefighters, police officers or paramedics, but as assistants to those professionals.Carolina Trace CERT, Lee County
7 CERTs do:Conduct initial size-up of their homes/workplaces following a disasterReduce immediate danger by turning off utilities, suppressing small fires, evacuating affected areasTriage and treat life-threatening injuriesCollect damage information for authoritiesEstablish and maintain communication with emergency personnelReport hazardous situations to appropriate authoritiesContinuously gain more knowledge through further trainingStep up for their neighborhood/campus/ community when neededEducate the public about disaster preparednessInstall smoke detectorsVolunteer for Emergency ManagementGive talks to the community about preparedness
8 CERTs do NOT: Enter structures that are unsafe Attempt to fight fires that are too large to control with an extinguisherPerform medical treatments beyond their scope of trainingTake the place of 911Perform hazardous materials clean-upPerform beyond their level of trainingActivate or deploy unless called for according to their proceduresCary CERT, Wake County
9 CERT Basic Training21 hours of classroom and hands-on training culminating in a full-scale exercise.Cary CERT, Wake County
10 Unit 1 – Disaster Preparedness Identify roles and responsibilities for individuals, community leaders, government officialsDescribe types of hazards that affect community, people, health, infrastructureUndertake personal and organizational preparedness actions
11 Unit 2 – Fire Safety & Utility Controls The role of CERT in fire safetyIdentify and reduce potential fire and utility risksDescribe CERT sizeupExplain basic safety precautionsIdentify hazardous materialsExtinguish small firesShut off utilitiesWashington County CERT
12 Unit 3 – Disaster Medical Operations, Part I Identify the “three killers”Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, treating for shockConduct triage under simulated disaster conditionsCarolina Trace CERT, Lee County
13 Unit 4 – Disaster Medical Operations, Part II Take appropriate sanitation measures to help protect public healthPerform head-to-toe assessmentsEstablish a treatment areaApply splints/bandagesEdenton CERT, Chowan County
15 Unit 5 – Light Search-and-Rescue Operations Identify sizeup requirements for potential search-and-rescue operationsDescribe the most common techniques for searching, both interior and exteriorUse of safe techniques for debris removal and victim extricationDescribe ways to protect rescuers during operationsEdenton CERT, Chowan County
17 Unit 6 – CERT Organization Describe the CERT structureIdentify how CERTs interrelate with the Incident Command SystemExplain documentation requirementsFairfield Harbour CERT, Craven County
18 Unit 7 – Disaster Psychology Describe the disaster and post-disaster emotional environment for victims and rescuersDescribe the steps that rescuers can take to relieve their own stress and that of disaster survivorsFairfield Harbour CERT, Craven County
19 Unit 8 – Terrorism and CERT Define terrorismIdentify potential targets in the communityIdentify the eight signs of terrorismIdentify CERT operating procedures for a terrorist incidentDescribe the actions to take following a suspected terrorist incidentWashington County CERT
21 Why we need CERTIf just half of the NC population of 9.7 million people had CERT training, think of how it would help the fraction of the population who are professional responders!
22 Washington County CERT members - participate in BIG SWEEP/LITTER SWEEP and Safety Awareness programs- participate in drills and exercises, i.e.EBOLA training, Active shooter, Hazardous Materials,Web EOC training, hurricane/tornado/severe weather- participate in National Night Out to provide safety materials- participate in Firefighter’s competition day- train in Incident Command (ICS 100, 200, 700, 800, 300, 400)- volunteer in EOC during actual events- serve alongside coordinators at PODS, CRDP, and assist Red Cross- have monthly training meetings