Sachse Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a group of citizens, organized as a neighborhood-based team that receives special training to enhance their ability to recognize, respond to, and recover from a major emergency or disaster situation. Teams are trained by professional responders in areas that will help take care of themselves and others before, during and after a major emergency. As an organized team, CERT members can provide vital services in the absence of and while waiting for the arrival of emergency responders, and often assist once responders arrive. Anyone at least 18 years of age, or 16 with parental consent and parental participation, that lives in Sachse or surrounding areas can apply for CERT training when classes are offered. Trainees have the option to become full CERT members upon completion of all class sessions and a drill/practical exam. Two classes are taught over two full Saturdays depending on availability. Classes are taught by local emergency response/management personnel and/or CERT trainers. The classes include practical discussions, table-top and team-building exercises.
There are two levels in the Sachse CERT program:
Once the classroom courses are completed the CERT member is certified as CERT trained;
Continuous training is required after becoming CERT trained to be a CERT responder.
The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them 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.
WHY TAKE THE CERT TRAINING?
Well, it’s like paying for car insurance. You might never need it; in fact you hope you won’t. But when the occasion arises having the CERT training, just like having car insurance, means you’re as ready as you can be to help yourself, your family and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.*
“The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number of People”
When you are trained, you are far more equipped to deal with your circumstances without needing aid from outside sources.*
*Reference Los Angeles CERT