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FREE Emergency Training Opportunity


Community Emergency Response Team logoCommunity Emergency Response Team Training (CERT) is a 24-hour course designed to train individuals to be able to care for themselves, their families and their neighbors in the first 72 hours immediately following a large-scale emergency or disaster.  This is the time when emergency response resources are  most severely taxed and there may be delays in responding due to the volume of calls.  During this time period disruptions in infrastructure can also delay or prevent emergency responders from reaching certain geographic areas. 

The classes will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 - 10 p.m. on June 19, 20, 26, 27 and July 17, 18 and 24 on the A-B Tech Enka Campus – Haynes Building Room 226.  Attendance at all class sessions is required and registration is “First Come-First Serve” with a limit of 20 participants.

To register for the training please email angela.ledford@buncombecounty.org with your name, address and telephone number and put “CERT June 5” in the subject line of the email.

The course covers the following topics:

  • UNIT 1:  DISASTER  PREPAREDNESS
    Recent Disasters and Emergencies
    Disaster and Disaster Workers
    Impact on the Infrastructure
    Structural and Nonstructural Hazards
    Hazard Mitigation
    Home and Workplace Preparedness
    Community Preparedness
    Protection for Disaster Workers
  • UNIT 2:  FIRE SAFETY
    Fire Chemistry
    Reducing Fire Hazards in the Home and Workplace
    CERT Sizeup
    Firefighting Resources
    Fire Suppression Safety
    Hazardous Materials
    Exercise:  Suppressing Small Fires
  • UNIT 3:  DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS—PART 1
    Treating Life-Threatening Conditions
    Triage
  • UNIT 4:  DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS—PART 2
    Public Health Considerations
    Functions of Disaster Medical Operations
    Establishing Treatment Areas
    Conducting Head-to-Toe Assessments
    Treating Burns
    Wound Care
    Treating Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains, and Strains
    Splinting
    Nasal Injuries
    Treating Hypothermia
  • UNIT 5:  LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS
    Search and Rescue Size up
    Conducting Search Operations
    Conducting Rescue Operations
  • UNIT 6:  CERT ORGANIZATION
    CERT Organization
    CERT Decision Making
    Documentation
    Tabletop Exercise
  • UNIT 7:  DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY
    Team Well-Being
    Working with Survivors’ Trauma
  • UNIT 8:  TERRORISM AND CERT
    What is Terrorism?
    Terrorist Targets; Terrorist Weapons; B-NICE Indicators
    Preparing at Home and Work
    CERTs and Terrorist Incidents
  • UNIT 9:  COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION
    Course Review
    Exercise Critique and Summary