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 – CERT Organization
Briefly covers CERT organization, mobilization and documentation.
Session 3 – Disaster Medical Operations - Part I
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 – 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 6 – Fire Safety and Utility Controls
Covers fire chemistry and considerations, resources, suppression safety, hazards and hazardous materials.
Session 7 – Light Search and Rescue Operations:
Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, and most important: rescuer safety.
Session 8 – CERT and Terrorism:
Participants learn about terrorism preparation, active shooter situations and Hazmat and CBRNE situations.
Session 9 – 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 sessions in disaster activity.