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The following article originally appeared at arrl.net.
FEMA conducted a webinar on January 8 on the release of the updated Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic training curriculum. Presenters shared the reasons for the changes, highlighted best practices, and shared impacts of the updated training. Participants learned how trainers can deliver the updated training and how to order materials. This was the second of two webinars about the updated CERT Basic training curriculum, though the webinars presented similar information. Recordings of the webinars can be found here.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the 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. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.
The updated CERT Basic Training can be found here. It features a revised Disaster Medical Operations section, updated Terrorism and CERT section, and new hazard-specific annexes. Find the new curriculum materials online and order free copies from the FEMA publications warehouse beginning January 8, 2020. The CERT Basic Training includes research-validated guidance for CERT programs to teach members what to do before, during, and after the hazards their communities may face. The materials in the training include instructor guides, participant manuals, and hazard annex slide decks. The FEMA Independent Study IS-317: Introduction to CERT can be taken online before or during training.
[ARRL is an affiliate under the Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps programs–Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service, Community Emergency Response Teams and Medical Reserve Corps. The mission is public preparedness and safety. In other words, neighborhood and community volunteers serve as the “help until the help arrives.” Radio amateurs are ideal candidates for the CERT program owing to their unique ability to communicate within their neighborhoods and communities for local emergency communications, but also when the need exists for communications with the outside world.]
Basic CERT classes will be held at Station 6-5 680 N. Seward Meridian Parkway Wasilla AK 99654.
One class will be held on 7 weekday evenings or –
Tuesday Jan 28th, Feb 4th, Feb 11th and Feb 18th and
Thursday Jan 30th, Feb 6th, and Feb 13th from 6pm-9pm each day.
The other class will be held on two weekends –
Saturday Feb 8th and 15th and Sunday Feb 9th and 16th from 9am to 4pm each day.
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The first weekend of the 20 hour CERT Basic class in Willow was excellent. We have an outstanding group of students ranging in age from 15-80, all dedicated to learning more about Emergency Preparedness. Thank you to Willow Fire Department, MSB Emergency Services and Bill Mackreth for the excellent training provided.
We look forward to next weekend!
Thank you to all the volunteers from Willow CERT and Talkeetna CERT that worked tirelessly to make this all happen.
Thank you WACO, MVFCU and MEA for their generous grants and to Sunshine Transit and Sunshine Clinic for supporting this event.
20 hour basic CERT training, This event is Free, seats are limited
The training will take place over two full weekends (Saturday & Sunday November 9, 10 & 16 & 17), You must be able to attend all 4 days. Register through Facebook.
Deshka Landing Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 12 hrs. ago
The Deshka Landing Fire will be the subject of an information meeting for interested parties at 6:30 p.m.on Thursday evening, August 22nd at the Willow Elementary School in Willow, Alaska. The meeting will start with a presentation about the status of the fire and the ongoing suppression efforts.
Personnel from the McKinley Fire along the Park Highway will also be in attendance to provide current information. Time will be available for one-on-one discussions with fire personnel.