Training Recommendations

Post Academy Training Recommendations

What a CERT Academy should teach you:

  • Local Disaster Protocols
  • National CERT training curriculum
  • Teamwork
  • Core CERT Team Skills
    • Fire Suppression
    • Disaster Medical
    • Light Search and Rescue
    • Home Preparedness

What things will make you valuable as a volunteer in a large disaster

  • Ability to self organize in an emergency
  • Team-working skills
  • Personal preparedness
  • FEMA Independent Study – IS-100 – Incident Command System
  • FEMA Independent Study – IS-700 – National Incident Management System
  • Being a member of a known emergency response group

Key things that are needed and why

  • Being credentialed by a sponsoring agency such as your local Fire Department, Police, Parks Department or any other Nationally Recognized response agency (American Red Cross …etc).
    • Being credentialed and having a background check on file with the credentialing agency in a perquisite for many events.
  • ICS – Ability to understand and participate in and Incident Command System organization
  • NIMS – Understanding of core mission and methodology of FEMA

(ICS and NIMS knowledge is required across the board for all basic emergency responders  These two certifications plus any emergency response training makes you deploy-able.)

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