Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is an opportunity for people of all ages, sizes, and physical abilities to learn valuable basic skills needed during an emergency.
Whether you are interested in learning how to take care of yourself and your family, your neighborhood, or taking an active role in community preparedness, the CERT training will help increase your confidence and provide peace of mind.
Contact info@CERTClarkCountyWA.com for additional information
Thank you for your interest in CERT. Due to the on-going presence of COVID and the increasing number of positive cases in Clark County, we are once again postponing our training classes. We hope to schedule our first session for late February through March, 2022, so please check back in January for additional information. Stay well!
If you would like to be notified of information about upcoming classes, please contact Jodi at CERTProgramMgr@gmail.com.
The CERT program educates volunteers of all ages, ranging from stay-at-home parents, students, seniors, and individuals working full-time in how to prepare for the hazards that may impact their area and how to assist their neighborhood in the event of a disaster.
CERT volunteers are trained to:
Check on the safety and well-being of their neighbors
Suppress small fires using a fire extinguisher
Conduct light urban search and rescue
Provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort to survivors
Organize and direct other individuals who offer assistance
Through their participation in neighborhood activities and events, they assist in preparedness outreach and public education.
CERT volunteers help build relationships between the community and emergency responders.
Here are links to additional resources for Emergency Preparedness information:
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) http://cresa911.org/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness/
Sign Up for Emergency Alerts https://member.everbridge.net/453003085616336/login
Emergency Management Alerts & Warnings http://cresa911.org/emergency-management/alerts-warnings/
Disasters & Emergencies https://www.ready.gov/
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater/prepare.html
CERT Training requires a commitment of 22+ hours for classroom and field training, culminating in a final field exercise.
Registrants must pass a background check and sign a code of conduct.
Classes are typically offered one night a week and include two Saturday sessions; attendance is required at all classes for certification.
The following topics are included in each CERT Basic Training Class:
Session 1: Intro to CERT & Disaster Preparedness
Session 2: Communications & CERT Organization
Session 3: Disaster Psychology & Terrorism
Session 4: Fire Safety & Utility Controls and Light Search & Rescue Ops
Session 5: Disaster Medical Operations 1
Sesstion 6: Disaster Medical Operations 2
Session 7: CERT in Clark Co. -- the Practical Application
Session 8: Final Drill