When Disaster Strikes Be Ready to Help!
When a disaster strikes and emergency personnel are not yet on the scene, every second counts. Being trained on disaster preparedness can help you save your life and the lives of your loved ones and community members. The Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation supports Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to volunteers throughout our communities. This free, 20-hour course is taught by trained emergency response personnel.
First developed and implemented by the Los Angeles County Fire Department in 1985, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program was designed to educate volunteers about disaster preparedness, educating them on the hazards that may affect their local areas and training them on basic disaster response skills. In 1993, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made this training available across the country. More than 600,000 people have received CERT training since it became a national program.
In Los Angeles County, earthquakes are the most prevalent natural disaster we face. The CERT program addresses this specific scenario and other emergency situations, natural and manmade, that may affect our communities. Through education, hands-on practice, and realistic scenarios, CERT volunteers are given the tools they need to safely and effectively respond to various types of emergency situations.
The time immediately after a natural disaster or other emergency situation is crucial. The more CERT volunteers we have in Los Angeles County, the better prepared we will be if and when disaster strikes.
Work with Trained Emergency Personnel
The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s CERT program is approved by FEMA and is taught by firefighters and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. These trained professionals teach volunteers about the hazards that may affect the LA County area and are trained on basic disaster response skills.
Skills learned in CERT training may include: team organization, fire safety, disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue. When you complete the CERT program, you will be prepared to help your friends, family members, and community in the event of a natural disaster or emergency situation. You could make a difference in countless people’s lives when it really counts.