What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI). CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations and light search and rescue operations.
Learn more by visiting the CERT website at https://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams.
What is the Teen CERT Program?
The Teen CERT program is a national training program designed for teens who would like to volunteer to help out during a local disaster. Just like adults, teens throughout communities in the United States can benefit from learning about potential disasters that could affect the area and how to respond to these disasters in the best way possible. Emergency response is ultimately what dictates how communities cope with disaster and rebuild later. Read on, and find out more about this program and how training can benefit all teens.
What Does the Program Teach Teens Who Complete it?
Not everyone knows how they will act in a disaster. Since disasters strike people of all ages, it is important that people young and old know what to do. When you are trained to handle an emergency or to deal with a hazardous situation, you will feel confident in your actions and you will know what steps to take to mitigate loss and to potentially save lives. In the chaos, a young adolescent who has completed the introductory class can step in for professional responders until they arrive at the scene. The class will teach you to:
- Extinguish small fires before they get out of control
- Set up a medical treatment zone after a disaster
- Conduct search and rescue missions
- Assist people injured in an emergency
- Assist responders
- Identify potential hazards
- Reduce the incidence and risk of fire in buildings
- Help calm people so they can cope with disasters
What Are the Benefits of Completing the Training Program?
There is a long list of benefits associated with offering emergency management and disaster preparedness training to teens within a community. The biggest benefit will be to the community itself. More young residents can be involved in keeping the place that they live safe, and this can help reduce crime rates in the future. It can also benefit the community by giving emergency responders like fire fighters and police officers a hand during chaotic times where there are not enough to do everything.
For the teenager, completing training helps them play a bigger role and feel more fulfilled. They will develop skills they’ll use now and for the rest of their life. Those who find a passion in disaster preparedness and response can use their training to pursue a career in a related field like emergency management or law enforcement.
What is CART?
During Hurricane Katrina, some pet owners living in the path of the storm refused to evacuate their homes because they didn’t want to abandon their animals or leave them in harm’s way. Sadly, their choices put both the owners and the pets in danger. The solution to protecting both the pets and owners is to provide peace of mind for the owner while providing a safe place for their pets during disasters and emergencies.
The goal of Millcreek’s Community Animal Response Teams (CARTs) is to ensure that pet owners never again have to choose between their pets and their own safety during a natural disaster.
The Millcreek CART is a disaster response team composed of local volunteers from the Millcreek area. Our goal in creating a Community Animal Response Team is to operate a pet shelter for dogs and cats of evacuees in the nearby Volunteer locations such as Doggie Day Care’s or local warehouse facilities. We would like there to be at least one or more locations in Millcreek, East Millcreek, Mt. Olympus and Canyon Rim for one to four weeks following the disaster or state of emergency. Pet owners are housed nearby or at the shelter—a concept called co-sheltering—and stay with or visit their pets. The mission and services of CART cannot be achieved without volunteers willing to sacrifice their time and financial contributions to the cause.