What a whirlwind! The BC MO EM and the BC MO CERT just piloted the first ever, two-day, 20-hour (plus break and meal time) CERT class for Region A! This is the new wave in improvements we are attempting with the training program to better fit in with potential volunteers’ schedules. This fast-paced, high-impact class is designed for volunteers who have a background in emergencies or volunteering already, such as retired (or ACTIVE) first responders, military, volunteers for ARES, American Red Cross, Faith-based organizations, etc.
Normally, our CERT classes run two days a week, three hours a day. The upcoming July training in Lincoln, for instance, will be on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm for three and a half weeks. This more “traditional” training schedule allows those who have NO experience in emergency work to ease into volunteering in a low pressure environment.
Our goal is to run two of these traditional CERT classes each year (one in Spring and one in Fall) and run several of the two-day classes as needed throughout the year. To request or receive information on sponsoring a two-day class, please message Barb Vining at firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for more information on two-day training classes in future posts and on the BC MO CERT page.
Community Emergency Response Team training consists of nine units (or chapters), a written test, a final disaster scenario, and FEMA Independent Study Courses. Below you will find the chapter list:
- Chapter 1-Disaster Preparedness
- Chapter 2-Fire Safety and Utility Control
- Chapter 3-Disaster Medical Operations Part 1
- Chapter 4-Disaster Medical Operations Part 2
- Chapter 5-Light Search and Rescue
- Chapter 6-CERT Organization
- Chapter 7-Disaster Psychology
- Chapter 8-Terrorism and CERT
- Chapter 9-Course Review
In addition, the Benton County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service taught Emergency Communications training, which is vital in all emergency situations!
Our first Teen CERT class ran parallel to the CERT class, as well. For the Teen CERT program, teens are taught the same lessons, using the same books and equipment as the adults.
Teens must be between fourteen (14) and eighteen (18) years of age and must complete the same FEMA IS courses, the 20-Hour Basic CERT training, pass the written test and take part in the same final disaster scenario as the adults to qualify as a Teen CERT member.
Teen CERTs are NOT deployed in actual emergency situations.
They are welcome to participate in meetings and trainings with the BC MO CERT group throughout the year to prepare them for activation AFTER they turn eighteen (18).
Chapters 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 were covered on Day One.
Day One included cribbing (using leverage and supports to remove heavy objects off of survivors).
Chapters 3 and 4, 9, the written test, and the final disaster scenario were covered on Day Two.