City of Beaverton Emergency Management Volunteer Training



CERT Basic Training

The foremost reason for CERT training is to give people the decision-making and physical skills needed to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates. While people will respond to others in need without the training, the goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. The following information provides a breakdown of each of the class modules, giving you a better understanding of the skills required and the training provided.

The fact that no one can predict what might be encountered during and after a catastrophic event is the reason for the wide spectrum of training and preparedness provided in this program. Unlike a first aid class or a wilderness survival course that covers specific points of care and preparation, CERT training will in fact cover many of these same points but in addition will also introduce further skills that typically are not included in most training courses. The course wraps up with a simulated realistic disaster scenario that will allow the participant to use the skills that they have been taught and apply basic hands on techniques to respond and manage emergency situations.

Unit 1: Disaster Preparedness

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

Unit 2: Fire Safety

  • Introduction and Unit Overview
  • Fire Chemistry
  • Reducing Fire Hazards in the Home and Workplace
  • CERT Size-up
  • Firefighting Resources
  • Fire Suppression Safety
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Exercise: Suppressing Small Fires

Unit 3: Disaster Medical Operations - Part 1

  • Introduction and Unit Overview
  • Treating Life-Threatening Conditions
  • Triage
  • Unit Summary

Unit 4: Disaster Medical Operations - Part 2

    • Introduction and Unit Overview
    • 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
    • Unit Summary

Unit 5: Light Search And Rescue Operations

  • Introduction and Unit Overview
  • Search and Rescue Size-up
  • Conducting Search Operations
  • Conducting Rescue Operations

Unit 6: CERT Organization

  • Introduction and Unit Overview
  • CERT Organization
  • CERT Decision making
  • Documentation
  • Tabletop Exercise

Unit 7: Disaster Psychology

  • Introduction and Unit Overview
  • Team Well-Being
  • Working with Survivors' Trauma

Unit 8: Terrorism and CERT

  • Introduction and Unit Overview
  • What is Terrorism
  • Terrorist Targets
  • Terrorist Weapons
  • B-NICE Indicators
  • Preparing at Home and Work
  • CERT and Terrorist Incidents

Unit 9: Course Review And Disaster Simulation

  • Introduction and Unit Overview
  • Course Review
  • Disaster Simulation
  • Exercise Critique and Summary
  • Graduation

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