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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) ProgramCERT Trainees

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about emergency preparedness, Whatcom County hazards, and basic disaster response skills.  Following a major disaster, professional emergency responders may be overwhelmed or unable to reach areas isolated by road damage, flooding, or other obstruction.  Utilities may be damaged.  Essential supplies may be unavailable.  People will need to rely on themselves and others for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.

CERT trains citizens to:

  1. Prepare to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours,
  2. Respond effectively to a disaster, and
  3. Organize teams to assist neighbors, co-workers, and the community.

27-Hour CERT Training includes:
Sessions I & II, Disaster Preparedness: Local hazards; actions to take before, during and after a disaster; CERT concept/organization.
Session III, Disaster Fire Suppression: Safe use of extinguishers, sizing up a situation, controlling utilities, and extinguishing a live fire.
Sessions IV & VI, Disaster Medical: Diagnosing and treating airway obstructions, bleeding and shock; evaluating patients; establishing a medical treatment area; basic first aid; and sanitation.
Session V, Light Search and Rescue: Search and Rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques, and rescuer safety.
Session VII, Disaster Psychology and Team Organization: Signs and symptoms experienced by the disaster victim and worker, CERT organization and management principles, and documentation.
Sessions VIII and IX, Course Review and Disaster Simulation Exercises: Hands on exercises to practice skills.

Registration:
Download Registration Form, or contact the CERT Coordinator (360.778.7163) at Whatcom County Emergency Management for more information.