Spread the News! The full 20 hour CERT basic training will be offered in November from 6PM-10PM on Mondays, the 3rd, 10th, and 17th with a drill on Saturday, November 22nd, 8AM-3PM. Check out the CERT web-site, www.TULSACERT.org or call Melissa McFall at 831-1895 for information on upcoming CERT trainings for the rest of the year. You must pre-enroll in the CERT training by contacting Melissa McFall 831-1895 or Mmcfall@arctac.org .
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates citizens about disasters and hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster preparedness and response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, citizens are better prepared to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
· Session I, DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Addresses hazards to which people are vulnerable in their community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during, and after a disaster. As the session progresses, the instructor begins to explore an expanded response role for civilians in that they should begin to consider themselves disaster workers. Since they will want to help their family members and neighbors, this training can help them operate in a safe and appropriate manner. The CERT concept and organization are discussed as well as applicable laws governing volunteers in that jurisdiction.
· Session II, DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION: Briefly covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards, and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up the situation, controlling utilities, and extinguishing a small fire.
· Session III, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
· Session IV, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II: Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.
· Session V, LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques, and most important, rescuer safety.
· Session VI, DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker. It addresses CERT organization and management principles and the need for documentation.
· Session VII, TERRORISM AND CERT: Define terrorism Identify possible terrorism targets within the community. Identify the characteristics of B-NICE weapons.
Session VIII, COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION: Participants review their answers from a take home examination. Finally, they practice the skills that they have learned during the previous seven sessions in a disaster simulation drill.