Community Emergency Response Team

YVOEM CERT is a volunteer group that has been deployed throughout the years to assist in the various disasters or situations that our county has encountered such as floods, fires, community outreach and training, and law enforcement training exercises.
 
YVOEM CERT meets at least three times a year for training exercises but each CERT member has the opportunity to attend multiple trainings statewide and to be further involved in Emergency Management. 
 
CERT members go through a background investigation process before being accepted into the group because of the our close operations with Law Enforcement and emergency personnel.

If you are interested in joining CERT contact YVOEM to set up a meeting.
 

About CERT


"CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects."

 -FEMA (http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams)
 

How Does CERT Benefit the Community and You?

Who wouldn’t want to be better prepared for any type of hazard that might strike their area whether it be a hurricane, earthquake, tornado or even a terrorist attack?! Do you know how you would respond and recover from the aftermath of a emergency or disaster? We all have our ideas but why not learn from the people who work in the field every day?

When a person joins CERT they go through the basic CERT training course that gives them the initial training and skills that they will need for their role to operate as a auxiliary safety force volunteer. This training gives them the basic knowledge of hazards that could potentially threaten their home, their neighbors, place of work, community and even surrounding cities. Skills and classroom training are then put into practice in mock disaster and emergency exercises.

If something big were to strike, local emergency responders will not be able to reach everyone in a timely manner. By joining CERT, you will have the necessary skills and training to reach out to your family and neighbors to support them with their basic needs until help can arrive. Members of CERT are trained to use organizational and decision-making skills that can be used right away to assist others while waiting for emergency responders. While it is true that any person can help others in times of need the idea behind CERT is to have trained individuals who can accomplish this task effectively while keeping themselves safe and out of the path of danger. Members of CERT can also be used by the emergency responders for non-emergency needs such as: traffic control during local events, public education, training exercises, local event security and much more.


CERT Training


The basic CERT training course involves approximately 20 hours of in class coursework and concludes with a disaster simulation drill that ties everything together. In CERT Basic Training you will learn:

  • Unit 1: Disaster Preparations
  • Unit 2: Fire Safety and Utility Controls
  • Unit 3: Disaster Medical Operations Part 1
  • Unit 4: Disaster Medical Operations Part 2
  • Unit 5: Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • Unit 6: CERT Organization
  • Unit 7: Disaster Psychology
  • Unit 8: Terrorism and CERT
  • Unit 9: Course Review / Final Exam / Disaster Simulation

 

Once you go through the basic training you can then seek out additional skills by taking other classes through various organizations and agencies. Some of the training's a CERT member can take include: wide-area search and rescue, community relations, traffic control, special needs care, first aid, bomb recognition, animal care, CPR, how to use a defibrillator and so much more. By being a CERT member most of these classes can be taken for free or at a low cost. You are more of a benefit to the community if you are trained in these special skills then untrained.