February 18, 2005  
 

 

Community Emergency Response Team Training

By Stephen Mahaley

In an emergency, what are we going to do? How can we, as individuals, help others and ourselves? What emergencies might occur here at SLAC? What can we do to be prepared for them? To help us answer these questions, the ES&H Division is sponsoring an upcoming course on disaster preparedness and response.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may affect their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

People who go through CERT training (Course 290 in the ES&H Training Schedule) have a better understanding of the potential threats to their homes, workplaces and communities and can take the right steps to lessen the damage.

If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training, learned in the classroom and during exercises, to give critical support to their families, loved ones, neighbors or associates until help arrives.

When help does arrive, CERT members can provide useful information and support, as directed, to responders and their efforts at the disaster site.

Beginning March 9, a series of nine classes will be held on the second Wednesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. till noon. To get a certification, you must attend all classes.

If you have any questions about emergency management, contact Stephen Mahaley (Ext. 2095, smahaley@slac.stanford.edu). You should also contact him to sign up for the course.

Complete details of the CERT program can be found at the FEMA CERT Web site: http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/CERT/ 
 

 

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