Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of all citizens of any community. At home, at work or school, while recreating, emergencies and disasters can happen at any time of day, at any location. The normal emergency response agencies will be overwhelmed with people needing their help. We would like to offer a course of training to help the ordinary citizen be prepared to cope with the first two to eight hours in a disaster. The Community Emergency Response Team course (C.E.R.T.) is being presented by our Fire Department to interested citizens and groups who would like to be better prepared in the time of disaster.
If available, emergency services personnel are the best equipped to handle emergencies and you should use them. However, following a catastrophic disaster, you and the comunity may be on your own for a period of time because of the size of the area affected, lost communications, and impassable roads, CERT training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately you can make a difference by using the training to save lives and protect property. This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. You will want to help. With training and practice and by working as a team, you will be able to do the greatest good for the greatest number after a disaster while protecting yourself from becoming a victim. The CERT training is organized into six weekly sessions of three hours each. The training consists of six modules, disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, disaster medical (2 modules), light search and rescue, and disaster psychology/team organization. After completion of the six modules, there is a disaster simulation where the participants will have the opportunity to put into practice some of the techniques taught in the course. A minimal charge of $15 per person covers the cost of this course. Call (816) 325-7167 to sign up for the class. A group of 20 persons are needed to simulate a disaster.