C.E.R.T. Community Emergency Response Team
Mission Statement:The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) of Loxahatchee Groves is a non-political, non-profit, educational and publicly supported, all-volunteer group trained in community emergency response to respond after a major event or disaster until first responders arrive. Our goal is to do the greatest good for the greatest number of citizens.
In CERT volunteers of all abilities are needed. Whether the emergency is natural (hurricane, fire, explosion, tornado, etc) or man-made (terrorism incident), trained CERT responders are necessary to document activity, organize volunteers, perform limited search and rescue, communicate information, perform minor medical evaluations, manage inventory, or simply be there to support those in need. We train together so we can work together regardless of the emergency.
C.E.R.T Volunteer Program
Volunteer to help your community in times of disaster. Training for CERT
is done through Palm Beach Community College and the Department of Emergency
Operation for Palm Beach County. Training consists of 24 hrs of class time
covering topics shown below. If you are interested in CERT training, contact
or Nancy Handwerg.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Discussion of various types of major emergencies that may affect South Florida. Learn about the Emergency Management System and the process of disaster recovery. Become familiar with “post storm” team operations, facing problems in organizing teams under emergency conditions and operating a neighborhood “command post.” Gain knowledge of disaster psychology, damage assessment and documentation.
DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS:
diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and
shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
Also students learn the concepts of evaluating patients by
doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical
treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing
in a safe and sanitary manner.
LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS:
Participants learn about
search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques,
rescue techniques, and most important, rescuer safety.
DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION: Students learn the signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker, CERT organization and management principles and the need for documentation.
Participants are introduced to the concept of
terrorism as it applies to CERT.
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