CERT Program

The CERT Training Program

CERT training is divided into 9 units covering the following topics:

1.  Disaster Preparedness

  • Introductions
  • Recent Disasters and Emergencies
  • Course Preview
  • Disasters and Disaster Workers
  • Impact on the Infrastructure
  • Structural and Nonstructural Hazards
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Home and Workplace Preparedness
  • Community Preparedness
  • Protection for Disaster Workers

2.  Fire Safety

  • Fire chemistry
  • Reducing Fire Hazards in the Home and Workplace
  • Hazardous Materials
  • CERT Size-up
  • Firefighting Resources
  • Fire Suppression Safety

3.  Disaster Medical Operations Part 1

  • Treating Life-Threatening Conditions
  • Triage

4.  Disaster Medical Operations Part 2

  • Public Health Considerations
  • Functions of Disaster Medical Operations
  • Establishing Treatment Areas
  • Conducting Head-to-Toe Assessments
  • Treating Burns
  • Wound Care
  • Treating Fractures, Sprains, and Strains
  • Splinting
  • Nasal Injuries
  • Treating Hypothermia

5.  Light Search And Rescue Operations

  • Search and Rescue Size-up
  • Conducting Search Operations
  • Conducting Rescue Operations

6.  CERT Organization

  • CERT Organization
  • CERT Decision-making
  • Documentation

7.  Disaster Psychology

  • Team Well-Being
  • Working with Survivors’ Trauma

8.  Terrorism and CERT

  • What is Terrorism
  • Terrorist Targets
  • Terrorist Weapons
  • B-NICE Indicators
  • Preparing at Home and Work
  • CERTs and Terrorist Incidents

9.  Course Review and Disaster Simulation

  • Course Review
  • Disaster Simulation