In an emergency situation, response resources will likely be overwhelmed. CERT is a nationally recognized, proactive, and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens like you can make a difference. The main goal of CERT is to help ordinary citizens learn the skills and confidence to effectively respond to others in need without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.
The City of San Clemente offers the 20 hour CERT Class twice a year which includes the following skills training:
- Disaster Preparedness
- Learn how to prepare an emergency kit at home, make a plan, sign up for alert notifications, and become familiar with the hazards in your community
- Fire Safety
- Get hands-on fire extinguisher training and learn how to shut off a gas line valve
- Disaster Medical Operations
- Learn how to triage disaster victims, set up a medical treatment area and administer first aid
- Light Search and Rescue
- Practice a technique called "cribbing" to extract trapped victims and learn how to methodically search a disaster area for victims
- Disaster Psychology
- Learn how to anticipate and treat the emotional toll of a disaster on volunteers and victims
- Terrorism Awareness
- Recognize the 8 signs of terrorism and who to report information to if you see suspicious behavior
- Team Organization
- Learn the nationally recognized Incident Command System for volunteer organization
Training takes place over a 6 week period and each day is packed with training and hands on exercises. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory to graduate from the program and be eligible to join the City's CERT Team.
CERT Class 10 - April 2015 Graduation Photo
San Clemente CERT Team
Volunteers who complete the CERT Class are invited to join the City's CERT Team. The team meets quarterly for continued training and participates in several volunteer and outreach events throughout the year such as the San Clemente Ocean Festival and National Night Out.
Checking on neighbors
Suppressing small fires
Conducting light urban search and rescue
Providing emergency first aid and comfort
Helping to organize and direct spontaneous volunteers
When disaster strikes….will you be ready?