COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
Now accepting applications for the Fall class starting in September. For questions, please email Ron Poole at email@example.com
What is CERT?
CERT is a national program that prepares you to help your household, your neighbors and community when you are on your own during disasters.
CERT Training Teaches You To:
- Identify and reduce hazards at home and work
- Prepare your home, vehicles, and workplace with emergency supplies
- Understand fire behavior and put out small fires
- Conduct light search and rescue operations
- Apply basic medical and psychological techniques
- Assess minor to life-threatening injuries
- Lift heavy objects off trapped people
- Organize in teams using the Incident Command model
Who Can Take CERT?
CERT training is for citizens, 18 and older who live, work, or attend school in Kirkland. Others may participate on a space available basis.
The training involves physical activity in teams and students must participate in all of them. However, students may serve in roles, such as Team Leader, that involve minimal physical challenge. The course is open to people with disabilities, although a doctor’s approval may be advisable in some cases.
When is CERT Offered?
Classes are held in the evening at different Kirkland locations. The day of the week varies with each course series. The 3 hour class is held once a week, for 8 weeks, followed by a 5 hour weekend disaster simulation. Students must attend all classes and the simulation.
CERT training is $35.00 to citizens who live, work or attend school in Kirkland. Others will be charged a course fee of $50.00.
What is Expected of Me as a CERT Member?
As a CERT member you will be expected to maintain your emergency supplies, CERT skills, and contact information. You will be encouraged to participate in on-going training/refresher opportunities and, as possible, assist the CERT program. Program assistance may take the form of helping out at classes, final disaster simulations, or course graduations. You can also assist by helping to advertise future classes.
How Can I Build on My CERT Training?
- Learn to operate a Ham radio
- Conduct “Map Your Neighborhood”
- Take First Aid and CPR Training
- Attend training opportunities for CERTs
- Become a Red Cross Shelter worker
- Take Pet First Aid
- Become an Office of Emergency Management Volunteer to sustain Preparedness Education