FAQ

FAQ

Each year a number of communities and businesses fall victim to some disaster. This may be in the form of an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, blizzard, flood or “man-made” disasters.

The damage caused by natural and “man-made” disasters such as this effect all elements of society and government. Catastrophic events:

  • severely restrict and overwhelm emergency response resources, communications, transportation, and utilities.

  • leave many individuals and neighborhoods cut off from outside support.

When we hear about this or see it on the news, it always seems to be happening to someone else but, what if it were to happen to you and your neighborhood?

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Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are trained to help communities and businesses mitigate disasters during the first 72 hours following a disaster when damaged roads, disrupted com munications, high call volume, etc., may restrict access by Professional Emergency Response Teams.

 The purpose of CERT training is to provide private citizens with the basic skills that they will need to handle virtually all of their own needs and then to respond to their comm unities needs in the aftermath of a disaster.

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The FEMA Standard and the AVERT Accelerated courses consist of 21 hours of training, either one night a week for eight weeks, or in two Saturdays. Classes are taught by certified instructors. Each student receives a manual, CERT hard hat and vest, safety glasses, dust mask, identification card, and work gloves.

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  1. Disaster Preparedness: Introduction to disasters, the impact of disasters on infrastructures, hazards posed by buildings and nonstructural items, the role of CERT’s in a disaster response.

  2. Disaster Fire Suppression: Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards, basic fire suppression strategy, firefighting resources, firefighting techniques.

  3. Disaster Medical Operations — Part 1: Treatment strategies for life threatening conditions and principles of triage.

  4. Disaster Medical Operations — Part 2: Head to toe assessments, treatment for head wounds, treatment for fractures, sprains, burns, and other injuries.

  5. Light Search and Rescue Operations: Search and rescue priorities and resources, techniques for size-up and search, lifting, cribbing and removing victims, rescuer safety.

  6. Disaster Psychology and Team Organization: The post-disaster emotional environment, the Incident Command System, CERT strategies, tactics, and documentation.

  7. CERT and Terrorism: How CERT members can act safely in the aftermath of man-made disasters.

  8. Course Review and Disaster Simulation Exercise.

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The target audience for these courses are private citizens, businesses, and their employees, and schools and their staffs who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster. The course costs $60.00 per student to implement. AVERT charges each student $45.00 and “subsidizes” the remaining costs through tax-deductible contributions and donations.

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Municipalities and Businesses may provide AVERT sponsored training by entering into Program Development or Maintenance agreements with AVERT. Out of the state of Utah, classes will include a travel allowance fee for our instructors.

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Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the types of hazards that are most likely to affect their homes and community.

  2. Describe the function of CERT and their role in the immediate response.

  3. Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster.

  4. Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their home or workplace.

  5. While working as a team, apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid.

  6. Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding and treating for shock.

  7. Conduct triage under simulated disaster conditions.

  8. Perform head to toe assessments.

  9. Select and set up a treatment area.

  10. Employ basic treatments for various wounds, and apply splints to suspected fractures and sprains.

  11. Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.

  12. Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.

  13. While working as a team, use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.

  14. Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.

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  1. Recruit 30-50 interested people from your community, neighborhood, school or business.

  2. Select a meeting place that can accommodate these people and can be available.

  3. Call us at the number shown above or send us a note under the Contact Us section and leave your name, call back phone number and a brief message indicating the number of people and the location of the classroom. AVERT’s Training & Drills Committee will contact you with information on training manuals, equipment, instructors, and fees.

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