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
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
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
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org). 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