CERT Training for community groups is usually delivered in a 2½ day format: Friday 6–10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m and Sunday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The training consists of the following:
- Disaster preparedness
- Fire safety
- Disaster medical operations - Triage and treating life threatening injuries
- Disaster medical operations - Assessment, treatment and hygiene
- Light search and rescue
- Team organization
- Disaster psychology
- Terrorism and CERT
- Final exercise
Each session requires about two hours for completion. For more information about CERT Teams, please visit Citizens Corps. To obtain more information about CERT in the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, please call 636-379-3816 or email Officer Gene DeLaney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign-up for O'Fallon CERT
Register now for the next O'Fallon CERT class and learn how you can help in the event of an emergency. The class will be held March 12-14 (Friday 6–10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.) at the O'Fallon Street Department.
Please note: Masks are required for the entire class. No exceptions!
Course overview and objectives:
The CERT Basic Training provides individuals who complete this course with the basic skills required to respond to their community's immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available. By working together, CERT volunteers can help save lives and protect property using the basic techniques in this course. The target audience for this course is individuals who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster.
Overall Course Objectives
Upon completing this course, the participants should be able to:
- Take steps to prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for a disaster;
Describe the function and organization of a CERT program and the role CERTs serve in immediate disaster response
- Recognize life-threatening conditions and apply appropriate life-saving techniques, conduct patient head-to-toe assessments, employ basic treatment for injuries, and understand disaster medical operations
- Describe the post-disaster emotional environment and the steps that volunteers can take to relieve their own stressors and those of disaster survivors
- Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods and perform basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures
- Describe the most common techniques associated with light search and rescue operations including identifying planning and size-up requirements, searching a structure, debris removal, survivor extrication, and rescuer safety
- Explain current terrorism trends and measures CERT volunteers can take to increase preparedness before and safety during a terrorism incident
- In addition to the overall course objectives listed above, each unit has specific objectives:
- Disaster Preparedness
- CERT Organization
- Disaster Medical Operations
- Disaster Psychology
- Fire Safety and Utility Controls
- Light Search and Rescue Operations
- CERT & Terrorism
- Disaster Simulation