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NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 Community Emergency Response Team CERT Executive Briefing
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 Why CERT??? Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 Why CERT??? People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs. Under these conditions, family members, fellow employees, and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other.
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 In 95% of all emergencies, bystanders or victims themselves are the first to provide emergency assistance or to perform a rescue Los Angeles Fire Department The Need to be Ready
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 Case in Point… Mexico City earthquake –Untrained, spontaneous volunteers saved 800 people. –However, 100 people lost their lives while attempting to save others. This is a high price to pay and is preventable through training.
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 What can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality? First, present citizens the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services. Second, give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness.
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 What can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality? Third, train them in needed life saving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Fourth, organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 CERT History Los Angeles Fire Department 1985 Emergency response overloaded; citizens “on their own” Basic training – survival, rescue “Civilians” helping neighbors until other assistance arrives FEMA adopted & promotes concept President Bush’s creation of Citizen Corps
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 What does CERT do? ~Individual Preparedness Furthers the process of citizens understanding their responsibility in preparing for disaster. Increases their ability to safely help themselves, their family and their neighbors. Individuals will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster.
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 What does CERT do? ~Community Preparedness Civilians can be recruited and trained as neighborhood and business teams that, in essence, will be auxiliary responders. Benefits of CERT…
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 Benefits of CERT Trained, organized volunteers Support to first responders Provide immediate assistance to victims Organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site Collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 What CERT is… 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.
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 Link with Professional Responders Coordination with local Citizen’s Corps Councils and local emergency services are essential to CERT success
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 Course Overview The scope of the course includes: Fire safety. Emergency medical operations. Light search and rescue. CERT organization. Disaster psychology. CERTs and terrorism.
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 Community Delivery The CERT training for community groups is usually delivered in 2 1/2 hour sessions, one evening a week over a 7 week period. After these weekly sessions, the program culminates into a large group exercise. Multi-agency, multi-discipline instructors.
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 CERT Liability #1 – Consult with your legal counsel Limit exposure and liability Consent, waiver forms for participants Adhere to established training and curriculum standards Ensure that participants understand their scope of practice
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 Laws that Protect Volunteers CERTs are considered "Good Samaritans" and covered under the Volunteer Protection Act. CERT volunteers do not have any authority beyond serving as "Good Samaritan" when helping others.
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 Laws that Protect Volunteers NYS Defense Emergency Act NYS Executive Law Article 2B
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 CERT Funding A variety of local approaches to obtaining funds. Some communities build costs into their budget while others charge participants to cover costs for instructors and course materials. In some communities, CERT organizations have filed for 501(C)3 (non-profit organization) status, thus allowing them to do fund raising. Grants to communities.
NYSEMO Version 1.0 Sept. 2003 Program Responsibilities State responsibilities: –T-t-T courses –Curriculum coordination Local responsibilities: –Course delivery –Materials and equipment costs –Team/program management