People from all walks of life and groups such as Neighborhood Watch and neighborhood association members, faith-based groups, businesses and employees and those interested in law enforcement or who have medical training are encouraged to enroll in the O’Fallon Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to learn disaster preparedness skills. You do not have to be an O’Fallon resident to take the free, 20-hour training, whichwill be taught on March 4, 5 and 6. It will cover these topics and more:
- Assembling a disaster preparedness kit and learning when and how to shut off utilities at home
- Hands-on basic head-to-toe medical assessment, diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock with simple triage and rapid treatment techniques, basic first aid for injuries, burns, etc.
- Working as a team to safely to conduct triage, light search and rescue, sizing up and extinguishing small fires, maintaining rescuer safety
- Communicating effectively with public safety organizations during a disaster
“CERT training is extremely valuable because it helps people deal with home emergencies as well as large-scale disasters,” said Police Officer Patrick Helton, who is leading the training. “That’s why groups of all kinds and neighbors should take this training, because people will understand how to work together safely to help those who need it, if we have a tornado or an earthquake or other catastrophic event. If a major disaster should strike, first responders are likely to be overwhelmed by the number of people who need help. CERT training can help people take care of themselves until professional help arrives.”...