Why take CERT Training?
Disaster can strike anywhere and anytime. Basic safety and disaster skills
can mean the difference between life and death.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train and equip
citizens to be better prepared to help themselves and their neighbors in the event
of a disaster, crisis or common emergency.
Assistance during a major disaster
In a major disaster, first responders who provide
fire and medical services will most likely be overloaded by the high demand
for their services. Factors such as number of victims, severity of situation,
communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from getting the
emergency services support that they would normally get by calling 911.
People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life-saving
and life-sustaining needs. One also expects that under these kinds of conditions, family members,
fellow employees, and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other.
This was the case following the Mexico City
earthquake where untrained, spontaneous volunteers saved 800 people. However,
100 volunteers lost their lives while attempting to save others. This is a
high price to pay in a recovery situation, and is preventable through training.