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Overview of CERT Classes

Unit 1

Disaster Preparedness - Learn about
1) Roles and responsibilities for community preparedness - how everyone in a community has a role in disaster preparedness and response
2) Elements of disasters and their impact on the infrastructure - potential effect on electrical service, telephone communication, availability of food, water, shelter and fuel, and emergency services
3) Personal and organization preparedness - how to prepare in advance to improve the quality of your survival and to reduce damage from hazards
4) Role of CERTs - CERT organization, disaster and non-disaster roles, and laws that protect disaster workers from liability
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Unit 2

Fire Safety - Learn about:
1) Fire chemistry - how fire occurs, classes of fire, choosing the correct means to extinguish each type of fire
2) Fire and utility hazards - potential hazards in your home and workplace and fire prevention strategies
3) CERT size-up - how to conduct the continual data-gathering and evaluation process at the scene of a disaster or emergency
4) Fire size-up considerations - how to evaluate fires, assess firefighting resources and determine a course of action
5) Portable fire extinguishers - types of portable fire extinguishers and how to operate them
6) Fire suppression safety - how to decide if you should attempt to extinguish a fire; how to approach and extinguish a fire safely
7) Hazardous materials - how to identify potentially dangerous materials in storage, in transit and in your home
8) Exercise - practice what you have learned by using a fire extinguisher to put out an actual fire
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Unit 3

Disaster Medicine - Part 1 - Learn about:
1) Life threatening conditions - how to recognize and treat the three "killers" - an airway obstruction, bleeding and shock
2) Triage - principles of triage and how to conduct triage evaluations
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Unit 4

Disaster Medicine - Part 2 - Learn about:
1) Public health considerations - how to maintain hygiene and sanitation
2) Functions of disaster medical operations - what the five major functions of disaster medical operations are and how they are set up
3) Disaster medical treatment areas - how to establish them and what their functions are
4) Patient evaluation - how to perform a head-to-toe assessment to identify and treat injuries (FEMA video)
5) Basic treatment - how to: treat burns, dress and bandage wounds, treat fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains, treat hypothermia, treat heat-related injuries, control nasal bleeding, treat bites and stings

Additional information
     Suggested First aid Supply Inventory for your CERT bag
     How to make a triangular bandage from an old sheet

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Unit 5

Light Search and Rescue Operations - Learn about:
1) Search and rescue size-up - how to size up the situation in which the search and rescue teams will operate
2) Conducting interior and exterior search operations - how to search systematically for disaster victims
3) Conducting rescue operations - safe techniques for lifting, leveraging, cribbing, and victim removal
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Optional Refresher

Refresher session on any CERT topic
- Informal session for you to ask questions on anything presented in the previous classes.  Hands on exercises can be done for fire safety, triage, medical treatment, search & rescue and more.
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Unit 6

CERT Organization - Learn about:
1) CERT organization - how to organize and deploy CERT resources according to CERT organization principles
2) Rescuer safety - how to protect your own safety and your buddy's during search and rescue
3) Documentation - strategies for documenting situation and resource status
4) Team organization - a tabletop exercise to apply your knowledge of team organization
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Units 7 & 8

Disaster Psychology -
Learn about:
1) Disaster psychology - the psychological impact of a disaster on rescuers and victims and how to provide "psychological first aid"
2) Caring for yourself, your buddy, and victims - steps one can take individually and as part of a CERT before, immediately following, and after a disaster

Terrorism - Learn about:
1) What is terrorism?
2) Terrorist targets and weapons
3) CBRNE indicators (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, high-yield Explosives
4) Preparing at home, work and in your neighborhood
5) CERTs and terrorist incidents
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Disaster Simulation

Course Review and Disaster Simulation - "Learn by doing" exercises that put knowledge, skills and abilities gained in the course into practice - teams will be formed for a series of simulations
1) Fire safety - extinguishing small fires
2) Medical triage - conducting triage evaluations and sorting of victims (green, yellow, red and black)
3) Medical operations - conducting patient evaluation with basic treatment
4) Search and rescue - practicing cribbing techniques
5) Radio communications - practicing communicating with the incident command and other teams working in the area
6) Conducting an "after action review" to share things that went well and things that could be improved
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Unit 9

Next steps and other opportunities - Learn about:
1) Review of key points from the course with a final "exam"
2) Awarding of CERT certificates
3) How to become more involved with Issaquah CERT emergency worker or volunteer
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