Additionally, according to the Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management - during disasters, 70 percent of the rescues are performed by neighbors, not first responders!
Get CERT trained and have the skills necessary to help your family, neighborhood, and community. Be a survivor...not a victim! CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the CERT training, citizens learn to:
manage utilities and put out small fires,
treat the three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock,
provide basic medical aid,
search for and rescue victims safely,
organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective,
and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.
First responders know the will be overwelmed in a major disaster. Despite their best efforts, there are just too many people in harm's way. With many municipalities the ratio of citizenry to first responders is over 1000 : 1. Facing those odds it is easy to see that in a major disaster...you are on your own.
CERT - COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
To find out more information about becoming a CERT Team member contact Alicia Mejia @ (626) 732-3531 or email at Alicia.Mejia@fire.lacounty.gov
Emergency Preparedness for Families and Neighborhoods