Are You Prepared for a Neighborhood Disaster? What can you do to become better prepared? For Free! CERT is the answer!
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a program designed to prepare Mountain View residents to help themselves, their families and neighbors, in the event of a disaster. The training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. Formerly known as the Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Training, the CERT program is free to all citizens of Mountain View.
Over the course of 7 weeks, CERT members receive training in earthquake awareness, disaster fire suppression techniques, disaster medical operations, first aid/CPR, light search and rescue as well as team organization and management. CERT Training culminates with a disaster simulation and comprehensive course review. All classes are taught by trained emergency personnel, including firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, with an emphasis on hands-on practice.
The CERT program provides an effective first-response capability. Following a disaster, CERT teams can extinguish small fires, turn off gas inlets to damaged homes, perform light search and rescue and render basic first aid. The course is taught in two different formats (each format covers the same material)
In addition the course is taught in Spanish once a year, in three successive all-day Saturday sessions. The goal of the city and OMVNA is to have all of its citizens receive the training. In a real disaster, it is clear that you may be on your own for many days. CERT teams will know how to access assistance, support each others, and be able to communicate their needs to the appropriate first responders.
The CERT Training Program
Through 8 modules, you will be trained in basic self-help and mutual-aid emergency functions. Following is a brief description of each module:
Disaster Fire Suppression
Disaster Medical Operations--Part 1
Disaster Medical Operations--Part 2
Light Search And Rescue Operations
Disaster Psychology And Team Organization
Terrorism and CERT
Course Review and Disaster Simulation
Call (650) 903-6378 for Information, course dates, and Registration
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Last updated: 6/30/06