In the wake of a disaster, professional emergency responders may not be immediately available.
The Carnation Duvall Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) seeks to fill the gap with a citizens’ training program designed to lessen the impact on family and neighbors until assistance arrives.
Community Emergency Response Teams are neighbors helping neighbors. The Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps once again will offer its fall CERT class in an effort to increase the community’s CERT volunteer base — better preparing ourselves, our families and our neighbors for the inevitable — the next flood, ice storm, wind storm, power outage or other form of community disaster.
The CERT skills taught by Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps include how to organize for a disaster, how to assess a damaged structure before going in, how to put out a small fire before it gets big, how to perform a light search and rescue, how to triage and remove any victims found, how to give first aid to those with life-threatening injuries and how to cope with the stress of a disaster — and how to do it all safely.
Throughout the class, students share experiences, ideas and multiple Q&A opportunities with past CERT grads and Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council leaders – other contributors to the local emergency preparedness arena.
The next CERT training session will start Monday, September 12, at the Duvall Fire Station and continue for the seven subsequent Monday evenings (skipping October 31 for Halloween). This CERT class will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and end on November 7 with the group’s "graduation exercise" which takes place in the fire truck bays, loading dock and training room of the Carnation Fire Station.
This final exercise is an opportunity for each student, working with past CERT grads and Citizen Corps leaders, to put all their new skills and knowledge to test in a mock disaster drill.