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Community Emergency Response Team. Sept. CLASS SCHEDULE

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The following dates have been scheduled for Basic CERT Training in Hilo:

  1. Saturday, Sept 6 – 08:30-4:00
  2. Saturday, Sept 13 – 08:30-4:00
  3. Saturday, Sept 20 – 08:30-4:00
  4. Saturday, Sept 27 – 08:30-4:00

The class may end sooner than 4:00 hrs but these are the class hours. The class is open to the public and we would like to use this opportunity to promote it to the residents of the Wainaku-Kawiki area.

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Location:  920 Ululani St, Hilo, Hawaii 96720 @ Hilo Aupuni Center

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CERT training provides you with the knowledge and skills to prepare for and properly respond to an emergency impacting yourself, your family, and/or your community.

When disaster strikes your area, will you know what to do? CERT will help you prepare for the expected.

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CERT Training is comprehensive. The course is presented over a 24-hour course through the following modules;

#1 Emergency Preparedness Hazard & Risk. Hazard Mitigation.

#2 Fire Fire chemistry, hazardous materials, “Sizing up”, safety, suppression.

#3 Emergency Medical-Part I Recognizing and treating life threatening conditions, triage.

#4 Emergency Medical-Part II Disaster medical operations, head-to-toe assessment; first aid and medical treatment, public health considerations.

#5 Light Search and Rescue Ops Planning; sizing-up, conducting search & rescue; cribbing techniques.

#6 CERT Organization Decision-making; documentation; tabletop exercise.

#7 Disaster Psychology Team well-being, working with survivors.

#8 Terrorism and CERT Defining and identifying terrorism, CBRNE indicators.

Final Exam Course Review and Disaster Simulation

How does CERT benefit your community?

Those individuals that complete CERT training gain a clear understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace, and community and more importantly know what steps need to be taken to properly respond to an emergency to lessen the effects to life and property caused by hazards.

Responding to a major disasters could overwhelm local response capabilities. Applying CERT knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and reinforced through hands-on drills and exercise will enable individuals and communities to address immediate needs until professional responders arrive. When help does arrive, CERTs support responder efforts by providing timely and important information to responders. CERTs also support and work on non-emergency projects that help improve emergency preparedness in their community or support volunteer activities at major events.

Why is CERT Important?

CERT training promotes partnering between emergency response agencies and the communities they serve. As resources are limited, building Community Resilience is the key to effective response and quicker recovery. As Hawai’i is the most isolated populated island chain in the world, as 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones are found on Hawaii Island, and as Hawai’i County is #1 out of the 3,140 counties in the USA for the potential to be impacted by hazards, you need to be prepared.

Partnering with emergency response agencies and your community through the CERT Program will help build Community Resilience.

More on CERT

After completing CERT training, you find your newly acquired knowledge and skills useful for yourself and your family; should the need arise. What’s more, you may want to form or join an existing CERTeam in your community. For more information on forming or joining a CERTeam, please ask your CERT instructor.

CERTeam members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and other organized activities. They can attend supplemental training opportunities offered by Hawaii County Civil Defense and supporting organizations to further their knowledge and skills. Finally, CERT members can volunteer and participate in projects that improve their community.

  • When disaster strikes your area, you will know what to do through CERT.
  • Here’s what you can do now!
  • Check your smoke alarms. Replace old batteries and any alarm over 10 years old.
  • Know where your local fire department, police station, and hospital are located.
  • Have a list of emergency numbers near or inputted in your telephone.
  • Develop a Family Emergency Plan that includes your needs and pets. Exercise your plan (fire drill, evacuation drill, smoke detector test, check first aid kit, etc.)
  • Have at least 2 ABC-type fire extinguishers in your home. Shake fire extinguishers once a month to keep powder from clumping up in bottom
  • Learn how to safely turn off your gas, electricity, and water. NOTE: Gas must be turned on by a qualified professional
  • Know where your family will meet if a disaster occurs.
  • Know where your emergency evacuation shelter is located.
  • Prepare by having at least 10 days of food, water, and disaster supplies ready; including special needs and pet care items.
  • Check the expiration dates of all your over- the-counter and prescription medications.
  • For earthquake damage prevention, secure top heavy and tall household items such as water boiler and TVs to the wall or floor.
  • Move cleaning and other dangerous products out of reach of children.
  • Visit with your neighbors and discuss how you would handle a disaster in your area.
  • Talk with neighbors that may have special needs and look to help them

For more information on a CERT Program, visit https://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/

Or contact Toni Robert, CERT Coordinator at 808-937-2183, or call the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency at (808) 935-0032 for more information on the CERT Program and CERT training.

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