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What is CERT?

Community Emergency Response Team

Southwest Johnson County CERT is made up of Volunteers from the community and trained by Johnson County Fire District #1. We have trained over 275 people in the community, we have training’s twice a year in the Fall and Spring. Please email us to sign up. We are limited to 24 people in the classroom.

Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.

Q: What is CERT and what does it do for you and your family?
A: CERT Gives you more skills and resources in-case of an emergency or disaster.

CERT Members are trained on:

Disaster Preparedness
Fire Safety
Disasters Medical Operations – Triage and Treating Life Threatening Injuries
– Assessment, Treatment and Hygiene
Light Search and Rescue
Team Organization
Disaster Psychology
Terrorism and CERT

Southwest Johnson County CERT is part of the greater Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. This program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area.  Training takes place in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.  Following is a link to the National CERT homepage where you can find a CERT program near you, find out how to start a CERT program if there isn’t one near you, and a variety of other CERT related resources.

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