FEMA 101: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Following a major disaster, first responders will not be able to meet the demand for services generally expected by the public. Factors such as the number of injured, ready-buttoncommunications failures and road blockages will prevent services such as fire
and medical from responding to an incident at a moment’s notice. To combat this problem, FEMA formed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program
to educate civilians and train them how to be emergency managers before full time emergency services can respond. The CERT training course is a major benefit to
all participants and their communities. Individuals will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster.
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CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue survivors safely and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.

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