Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program
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. For more information call Nassau County Emergency Management at (904) 548-4980 or visit the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
What Does CERT Know About Disasters?
|The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has received instruction in basic disaster response skills. Training emphasizes response to emergency situations by conducting initial size up to identify priorities, potential hazards, life-threatening injuries, and initial treatment.
Although their training is aimed at response to major disasters, their skills will allow them to perform limited tasks on the scene of a smaller incident. They are each issued a photo ID and a pack with basic safety equipment and medical supplies, and are trained to fill the gap between the disaster impact and arrival of emergency responders.
Creation of CERT
CERT was started by the Los Angeles, CA Fire Department to train citizens in basic response skills to provide immediate assistance to others in major disasters (such as earthquakes and wildfires) before the professional emergency responders arrive. The program was adopted by FEMA and has been expanded nationwide. In Florida, every county is encouraged to participate in the CERT Program. Nassau County received a grant of $7,427 to develop and implement the County’s CERT Program.
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