The C.E.R.T. program was developed because of the need for a trained civilian emergency workforce. The C.E.R.T. Program provides for community self-sufficiency through the development of multifunctional response teams who act as adjunct to the county’s emergency services during major disasters. C.E.R.T. members can also assist with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of their community.
C.E.R.T. is open to anyone! Send us an email to receive news and information! The organizer for C.E.R.T. is City of Cedar Park Emergency Management Coordinator John Bright. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-401-5038.
The C.E.R.T. program was first developed by the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1985, and the first C.E.R.T. Team completed its training in early 1986. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now uses the program as a national model for other communities, and President Bush endorses this training as part of the Citizen Corps Program.
How it Works
The basic C.E.R.T. training program is a 20-hour course, typically delivered one evening per week over an 8-week period. Training sessions cover disaster preparedness, fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, team organization and terrorism awareness. The training concludes with a disaster simulation in which participants practice skills that they learned throughout the course.
Who are C.E.R.T. Students?
• School Administrators
• Public Agency Workers
• Church Members
• Homeowners Association Members
• City Employees
• Business and Industry
• Community Groups
Why Should I Take C.E.R.T. Training?
If there is a natural or man-made event that overwhelms or delays the community's professional responders, C.E.R.T. members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during their C.E.R.T. training. These skills can help save and sustain lives until help arrives. C.E.R.T. members also can volunteer for special projects that improve a community's preparedness.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Being trained on how to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in your own community is one of the most important things you can do to assist during an emergency. You don't have to become a C.E.R.T. member to participate in and complete the training. By completing the training you will be able to assist yourself, your family and your neighbors during a major emergency or disaster.
Upon completion of the C.E.R.T. program, you will be able to:
• Describe the types of hazards that are most likely to affect your home and community
• Take steps to prepare yourself for a disaster
• Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in your home or workplace
• Conduct triage under simulated disaster conditions
• Perform head-to-toe patient assessment
• Employ basic treatments for various wounds, and apply splints to suspected fractures and sprains
• Describe ways to protect rescuers during light search and rescue operations