Individual/Community Preparedness

FEMA Community Training Proposal

FEMA or (you choose) should offer a series of post-CERT Program I (Basic) classes to properly train communities to assist limited civil response agencies in a large scale disaster. Below are some ideas for the entire series of classes:

 

CERT Program – I (Basic)

Six (6) classes

Introduction to disasters

Structural and non-structural hazards

Impacts on infrastructures

Utility control, damage assessment, and hazardous materials.

Disaster medical operations - Part 1

Disaster medical operations - Part 2

Disaster fire suppression

Operating the CERT trailer

Terrorism

Light search and rescue

Carrying techniques.

Disaster psychology

Team organization

Exercise

Graduation

 

CERT Medical Program – IIA

Currently offered by Palo Alto CERT (PANDA) Triage and Treatment

One day – eight (8) hours

Triage Expanded

Rapid treatment Expanded

I would add Transport techniques

 

CERT Medical Program – IIB

One day – eight (8) hours

Triage Intensive

Rapid treatment Intensive

Transport Intensive

Scenario focused

 

CERT Medical Program – III

Offered by Stanford ITS CERT (ITS SCERTeam)

Three (3) days – twenty-four (24) hours

Urban First Aid – one day

Wilderness First Aid – two (2) days

Scenario focused Intensive

 

CERT Medical Program IV

“Modified” Wilderness First Aid

Five (5) classes – forty (40) hours

Triage Intensive

Rapid treatment Intensive

Extended treatment Intensive

Transport Intensive

Scenario focused

 

CERT Light Search and Rescue IIA

One day – eight (8) hours

Assessment Expanded

Rescue safety Expanded

Resource utilization Expanded

Rescue techniques Expanded

 

CERT Light Search and Rescue IIB

One day – eight (8) hours

Assessment Intensive

Rescue safety

Rescue coordination Intensive

Resource utilization Intensive

Rescue techniques Intensive

Rescue improvisation Intensive

Scenario focused

 

CERT Fire Suppression II

Two days – sixteen (16 hours)

Assessment Expanded

Fire attack safety

Resource utilization Expanded

Hydrant activation

Suppression techniques Expanded

Fire tactics

Hose deployment

Suppression improvisation Expanded

 

CERT Shelter Operations

Two (2) days – sixteen (16) hours

Expand on “Backyard Camping” offered by Palo Alto CERT (PANDA)

Animal care in disasters

 

CERT Communications IIA

One day – eight (8) hours

FSR radio disaster operations

 

CERT Communications IIB

One day – eight (8) hours

Ham radio disaster operations

 

CERT Safety and Security

Two (2) days – sixteen (16) hours

Principles of safety

Strategies for security

Crowd control techniques

Volunteer coordination

Disaster psychology

 

If FEMA, DHS or the Red Cross are not able to accomplish this due to budgetary constraints or jurisdictional issues, then we as citizens must work with our communities to create our own programs.

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