What is CERT?
Created in 1991, CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) is a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) endorsed training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, your neighbors and your community in the event of a disaster. As a member of the community, you can help the city respond to a disaster by preparing your family, home, school and work.
Huntington Beach has highly trained and well-equipped public safety personnel, but if a major disaster occurs there could be a shortage of fire and police personnel available to respond to all calls for help. It could take more than 72-hours before the Fire Department can respond to your home or business during a major disaster
What do CERT Volunteers do?
CERT volunteers are trained to prepare for and respond to a disaster until first responders arrive. You will learn to manage a disaster in your home, work, neighborhood or school. After taking care of yourself and your family, you can report to the city and perform duties such as providing damage assessment information about your neighborhood, sandbagging, sheltering, checking on the frail and elderly, working in the Emergency Operation Center (EOC), and providing support to the Fire and Police Departments.
What Will I Learn?
In the Save-A-Life Saturday series of classes you will learn how to:
- Prepare your home and family for a disaster
- Perform basic first aid and CPR
- Safely search a building and rescue trapped victims
- Put out small fires using a fire extinguisher
- Survive outdoors if you cannot return to your home because it is unsafe
- Use all these skills together and create a Neighborhood CERT Disaster Team