CERT Emergency Response

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Our third CERT TRAINING CLASS begins Wed, March 4 at the Umass Police Station on East Pleasant St - Conference Room. Please SUBMIT an APPLICATION TO RESERVE A SEAT IN OUR NEXT CLASS or contact Michael Williamson at cert@amherstma.gov

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OUR MISSION:
The Amherst Community Emergency Response Team – CERT – is made up of volunteers who have been trained to safely assist their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster. Amherst CERT, when called upon, will work under the direction of local professional emergency responders, providing immediate assistance to victims. CERT teams are known and trusted resources to emergency responders and their communities. During an incident, emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. That’s when CERT members help our citizens with emergency medical first aid and life sustaining needs. They will be trained in emergency medical first aid, evacuation from damaged structures, light search and rescue, making scenes safe by identifying and isolating hazards, providing damage assessment to town authorities, directing traffic and helping with shelter operations. When not responding to disasters - such as Tornado, Hurricane, Flood, Snow and Ice Storms, Wide Spread Power Outages, Explosions, Terrorist Attacks – CERT members work to raise the level of self-preparedness for all our citizens. CERT also provides a trained work force for town functions and events like fireworks displays and parades, making our community a safer place to live.
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CERT Overview
CERT members come from neighborhood, workplace, or other community organizations. Members join because they want to learn how to better prepare for hazards that threaten their homes and communities. They want to protect their families, themselves, and their communities.
The CERT Program began by training community members for earthquake response operations. Under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the CERT Program has grown to cover all types of disasters in communities around the country.

As a CERT member, you will become an active participant in learning about hazards and preparing for them. After training, you may be called upon to support emergency services following a disaster.

CERT TRAINING --NEXT CERT TRAINING CLASS Wed, March 4
Next Training Schedule - 7 class meetings, 1 each week, followed by a Course Review week 8 and a Simulated Disaster Drill and Graduation/Certification week 9

Classes are 2 1/2 hours each evening from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Each class must be attended for certification. Make up classes possible, schedules permitting.

Location: Umass Police Station Community Meeting Room 585 East Pleasant Street.
Class size is limited - please sign up early by contacting Michael Williamson at
cert@amherstma.gov

So far 33 members have trained and graduated and are certified for deployment!!

Suggested On-Line Course:
Incident Command Introduction IS-100
http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-100.b

General:
The CERT  training consists of the following:  DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION/FIRE SAFETY, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II, URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS, DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY, POWER LINE AND TREE SAFETY, INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM/TEAM ORGANIZATION, IDENTIFYING TERRORIST ACTIVITY, COURSE REVIEW, DISASTER SIMULATION DRILL AND GRADUATION.

During each session participants will be provided with a Participant Training Manual along with safety equipment (gloves, goggles, mask) and disaster supplies (bandages, flashlight, dressings) which will be used as needed during the sessions. A CERT equipment back pack and equipment with radio will be provided before the final drill to all who complete the full training course.

Additional advanced training will also be provided throughout the year in areas such as CPR, Radio Communications, Wilderness Land Navigation, Team Management, Animal Rescue and Advanced Shelter Operations.

Donations may be given directly to the Town of Amherst-CERT and will be used to provide equipment and training materials.

Who should take CERT Training?
  • Anyone over the age of 18
  • Interested Teens 14 to 17 (please submit your age when applying)
  • People interested in taking an active role in hometown preparedness
  • Neighborhood watch groups
  • Senior Citizens
  • Community leaders
  • Parents
  • Communities of faith
  • Teachers and Administrators
  • Volunteers for other programs like MRC and Red Cross
  • Business owners and their employees
  • Members of clubs and civic organizations

Teen Community Emergency Response Team

Are You Ready To...
  • Learn about the hazards in your area?
  • Help others in the event of a disaster?
  • Be a leader in your school, scouting program and community?
Teen CERT members answer, "Yes!" and here is why: Teen CERT training teaches you readiness and response skills. Hands-on practice and realistic exercises prepare you for the unexpected in your community. Newly learned leadership skills empower you to safely respond to an emergency and assist victims without endangering yourself or others. You'll be equipped with skills that last a lifetime.