Despite everything going on in the world, you can still train and prepare for an emergency!
CERT volunteers and the City of Tualatin wants you to get prepared. Since COVID-19 and physical distancing measures currently limit our ability to meet in person, Tualatin CERT now offers an online course for a Tualatin CERT-Ready Certificate. This hybrid course includes 12 hours of online independent study and another 3 hours of Zoom training. Volunteers completing this course will receive CERT equipment, and instruction to respond to an earthquake or other emergency during a pandemic using social distancing and protection equipment. Once the COVID-19 threat has passed, volunteers receive 16 hours of hands-on training and emergency simulation to complete the Basic CERT course.
If you only have a few hours, Tualatin CERT offers a two-hour neighborhood preparedness presentation via Zoom: “Tualatin Neighborhood Ready”, to help your neighborhood get prepared. Experts tell us we may be on our own for sometime. We can help.
All training is free. For more information about CERT, or the online CERT-Ready program, contact Membership Director Brian Fant at [email protected].
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a National program designed to prepare Tualatin’s residents and company employees to help themselves, their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster. Trained instructors guide participants through a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) course covering basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available.
This online Tualatin CERT-Ready course teaches individual and neighborhood preparedness, and team response by CIO for communication and other tasks, which can be performed with social distancing. Once social distancing rules are lifted, participants may complete the other skills in hands–on classes and will receive a CERT Basic Training Certificate.
CERT provides training in earthquake awareness, disaster fire suppression techniques, disaster medical operations, first aid/triage, light search and rescue as well as team organization and management.