Tuesday, December 18, 2018

CERT Curriculum 

Unit 1: Disaster Preparedness
Instructs team members how to prepare themselves and their neighborhoods for the hazards that may occur in their area.

  • Describe the types of hazards that are most likely to affect your home and community.
  • Describe the functions of CERTs and their role in immediate response.
  • Identify steps to prepare yourself for a disaster.

Unit 2: Disaster Fire Suppression
Members will learn how to use a fire extinguisher and other equipment to suppress small fires.

  • Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in your home or workplace.
  • While working as a team, apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid.

Unit 3: Disaster Medical Operations Part 1
Teaches members how to conduct triage, establish medical treatment areas and provide basic first aid for victims.

  • Identify the "killers."
  • Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock.
  • Conduct triage under simulated disaster conditions.

Unit 4: Disaster Medical Operations Part 2

  • Perform head-to-toe patient assessments.
  • Select and set up a treatment area.
  • Employ appropriate care for wounds. Identify and treat fractures, sprains, and strains.
  • Take appropriate measures to maintain the public health.

Unit 5: Light Search and Rescue Operations
Team members will learn light search and rescue planning, techniques and rescuer safety.

  • Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
  • Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.
  • While working as a team, use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
  • Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.

Unit 6: Disaster Psychology/Team Organization
Addresses organization and management principles necessary for a CERT to operate successfully. Covers critical incident stress for victims as well as workers.

  • Describe the post-disaster emotional environment.
  • Identify the steps that rescuers can take to relieve their own stress and that of disaster survivors.
  • Describe CERT organization and documentation requirements.

Unit 7: Terrorism

  • Learn what you need to know about Biological, Nuclear, Incinerary, Chemical and Explosive materials in your community. How could these affect you and what things to look for.

Unit 8: Disaster Exercise

  • In a mock disaster setting with hazards and victims, operate as a team to apply the skills and knowledge learned.