Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I am almost complete with my CERT Training which is Community Emergency Response Teams sponsored by FEMA. The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community as well as large-scale emergencies within their state.
The training took place over three full days and has prepared me for taking an active leadership role in my community should a disaster strike. It has been a great way to meet other emergency professionals and create links between our agencies. The information I have gained in my CERT classes will be a great addition to the information that I am already sharing with clients wishing to learn about urban survival knowledge/skills.