O’Fallon-area residents, employees and those interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to enroll in the O’Fallon Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to learn disaster preparedness skills. The free, 20-hour training, which is available to groups as well as individuals, will be taught on September 25, 26 and 27. It will cover these topics, and more:
- Assembling a disaster preparedness kit
- Hands-on basic medical assessment and treatment for injuries, burns, etc.
- Working as a team to safely to conduct triage, light search and rescue and extinguish small fires
- Communicating effectively with public safety organizations during a disaster
“If you haven’t prepared a disaster kit or come up with a family communication plan for disasters, CERT training can help,” said Police Officer Patrick Helton, who is leading the training. “Those who take the course will get free training materials and learn how to deal with a variety of emergencies. That’s important because, if a major disaster like an earthquake or tornado should strike, first responders are likely to be overwhelmed by the number of people who need help.”