CERT Course Outline

Session 1 – DISASTER PREPAREDNESS:  Addresses hazards to which people are vulnerable in their community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during and after a disaster. As the sessions progresses, the instructor begins to explore an expanded response role for civilians in that they should begin to consider themselves disaster workers. Since they will want to help their family members and neighbors, this training can help them operate in a safe and appropriate manner. the CERT concept and organization are discussed as well as applicable laws governing volunteers in that jurisdiction.

Session 2 – DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION:  Briefly covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up the situation, controlling utilities, and extinguishing a small fire.

Session 3 – DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART 1:  Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.

Session 4 – DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART II:  Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.

Session 5 – LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS:  Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, and most important: rescuer safety.

Session 6 – DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION:  Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker. It addresses CERT organization and management principles and the need for documentation.

Session 7 – COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION:  Participants review their answers from a take-home examination. Finally, they practice the skills that they have learned during the previous 6 sessions in disaster activity.