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1 A CERT in Every County! Samantha Royster Ann Keyes, Director
NC CERT Program Manager Washington County CERT NC 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 CERT Apex CERT, Wake County Washington County CERT

5 CERT is: Community members partnering together to provide positive reinforcement of emergency planning and safety roles.

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 disaster Reduce immediate danger by turning off utilities, suppressing small fires, evacuating affected areas Triage and treat life-threatening injuries Collect damage information for authorities Establish and maintain communication with emergency personnel Report hazardous situations to appropriate authorities Continuously gain more knowledge through further training Step up for their neighborhood/campus/ community when needed Educate the public about disaster preparedness Install smoke detectors Volunteer for Emergency Management Give 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 extinguisher Perform medical treatments beyond their scope of training Take the place of 911 Perform hazardous materials clean-up Perform beyond their level of training Activate or deploy unless called for according to their procedures Cary CERT, Wake County

9 CERT Basic Training 21 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 officials Describe types of hazards that affect community, people, health, infrastructure Undertake personal and organizational preparedness actions

11 Unit 2 – Fire Safety & Utility Controls
The role of CERT in fire safety Identify and reduce potential fire and utility risks Describe CERT sizeup Explain basic safety precautions Identify hazardous materials Extinguish small fires Shut off utilities Washington County CERT

12 Unit 3 – Disaster Medical Operations, Part I
Identify the “three killers” Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, treating for shock Conduct triage under simulated disaster conditions Carolina Trace CERT, Lee County

13 Unit 4 – Disaster Medical Operations, Part II
Take appropriate sanitation measures to help protect public health Perform head-to-toe assessments Establish a treatment area Apply splints/bandages Edenton CERT, Chowan County

14 Pasquotank-Camden CERTs

15 Unit 5 – Light Search-and-Rescue Operations
Identify sizeup requirements for potential search-and-rescue operations Describe the most common techniques for searching, both interior and exterior Use of safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication Describe ways to protect rescuers during operations Edenton CERT, Chowan County


17 Unit 6 – CERT Organization
Describe the CERT structure Identify how CERTs interrelate with the Incident Command System Explain documentation requirements Fairfield Harbour CERT, Craven County

18 Unit 7 – Disaster Psychology
Describe the disaster and post-disaster emotional environment for victims and rescuers Describe the steps that rescuers can take to relieve their own stress and that of disaster survivors Fairfield Harbour CERT, Craven County

19 Unit 8 – Terrorism and CERT
Define terrorism Identify potential targets in the community Identify the eight signs of terrorism Identify CERT operating procedures for a terrorist incident Describe the actions to take following a suspected terrorist incident Washington County CERT

20 Graduation Day

21 Why we need CERT If 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

23 Litter Sweep

24 Ebola Awareness Litter Sweep Dust Devil Exercise
Emergency Preparedness Day

25 Roper Peanut Festival



28 Questions about starting a CERT?
Contact NC CERT Program Manager Samantha Royster

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