CERT training will help Humboldt survive the next disaster

Linda Nellist
CERT Coalition Lead Instructor

What is CERT?

CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. Currently, Humboldt County has 9 CERT teams, with several new ones being formed.

All CERT volunteers have been trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

They have learned how to prepare for local emergencies, what supplies should be kept at home and, most importantly, how to protect themselves and their families in an emergency.

Why take CERT Training?

CERT training is like paying for car insurance. You might never need it. In fact, you hope you won’t. But if the occasion arises, having the CERT training, just like having car insurance, means you’re as ready as you can be to help yourself, your family, your workplace, and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.

It is important to know that, if a major disaster occurs, first responders, such as fire, law enforcement, and paramedics, may not be able to respond to every call immediately.

You must be prepared to take care of yourself and your family and be able to help your neighbors or coworkers.

As a CERT grad, you will be far more equipped to deal with emergency circumstances without needing aid from outside sources.

CERT class participants receive 23 hours of initial training, which is usually taught over three days: Friday afternoon and early evening and all day Saturday and Sunday. The classes are usually offered twice a year.

Students graduating from the CERT course receive a donation of safety equipment from California Volunteers, and course fees are often covered by grant funding.

What is covered in CERT training?

• Personal and family preparedness

• Earthquake preparation

• Tsunami, wildfire, flood hazards

• Disaster preparedness

• Team organization

• Disaster psychology

• Medical operations

• Medical triage

• Damage assessment

• Fire suppression

• Fire chemistry

• Hazardous materials

• Utility control

• Light search and rescue

• Full disaster simulation drill

How can I sign up to be notified about upcoming CERT training?

The next CERT course is tentatively scheduled for late February 2019. To be added to the interest list, send an email with your name and phone contact to [email protected].


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