Emergency Alert Notification (Description & PDF)
C.E.R.T is a program that was developed and implemented by Los Angeles City Fire
Department (LAFD) in 1985. They recognized that citizens would very likely be in
their own during early stages of a catastrophic disaster. The training program that
the LAFD initiated proved to be so beneficial that FEMA felt that the concept and
the program should be made available to communities nationwide. The Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) created C.E.R.T based upon the model-created by the LAFD
Union County Emergency Management and Union County Fire Department is a combination
department. UCFD consists of 16 paid employees and approximately 80 volunteers.
In the event of a disaster, UCFD will be stretched thin throughout the county. With
the assistance of members of C.E.R.T, the citizens will get help faster. For those
injured C.E.R.T members can provide life-saving medical attention. They can also
extinguish small fires and shut off utilities going to your home.
C.E.R.T members have recently been used in the search for Kristi Cornwell, and in
previous searches around the lake.
In the event of a catastrophic disaster, you and the community may be on your own
for a period of time because of the size of area affected, lost communications and
impassable roads. C.E.R.T training is designed to prepare you to help yourself,
your family and your neighbors. In the event of a disaster, Emergency services personnel
will not be able to help everyone immediately; you can make a difference by using
the training you learn in the C.E.R.T program. C.E.R.T training covers the basic
skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not
available. With training and practice and by working as a team, you will be able
to do the greatest good for the greatest number of victims after a disaster, while
protecting yourself from being the victim.
C.E.R.T training will teach participants the basics in several areas in order to
help themselves and then their neighbors. Those areas consist of Disaster preparedness,
Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, Command, Disaster
Psychology and how Terrorism affects C.E.R.T.
C.E.R.T members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and
activities. They can attend supplemental training opportunities offered by the sponsoring
agency and others that further their skill base. Finally, C.E.R.T members can volunteer
for projects that improve community preparedness.
Union County Emergency Management Agency adopted C.E.R.T in 2006. Union County has
now had two classes and is currently taking names of those interested in becoming
a member of the Union County C.E.R.T. Training is broken into seven categories and
classes typically run approximately three to four hours. Prior to taking the class,
members are strongly encouraged to take the online course through the Emergency
Management Institute www.citizencorps.gov/cert/is317. This will give members a better
understanding of what C.E.R.T is and how C.E.R.T operates prior to taking the class.
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phase of a dangerous goods or hazardous materials incident. Remember, never attempt
to handle a product or chemical that you are not qualified to handle. "When in doubt,
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