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Take Disaster Training

In large-scale disaster events, citizens are the true "first responders." Disasters may quickly overwhelm traditional emergency services, including fire and police departments, so it is critical for neighbors to help neighbors in these moments of need.

 

Once trained, citizens can become a part of the response capacity of the community. There are specific skills you can learn to help you to become a better responder, whether in a major disaster or just in your daily life, including:

 

  • First aid
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Basic fire suppression
  • Light search and rescue
  • Ham radio operation
 

CERT

 

Community Emergency Response Teams ( CERTs )


Organized groups of trained citizen responders, called Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), have formed throughout the Hartford area, the state of Connecticut, and the country.


The CERT training course is delivered by teams of first responders. Anyone can participate (though some programs restrict participation to people 18 years of age or older). The CERT training is usually delivered in 2.5 hour sessions, one evening a week over a seven-week period.


If you are interested in taking CERT training, or becoming a member of a CERT team, contact your local Citizen Corps Council or visit the Volunteer page of this website.

 

The CERT training course consists of the following:


  • Session I: DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
    Addresses Hartford area hazards. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during, and after a disaster. Materials help citizens assist family members and neighbors in a safe and appropriate manner. The CERT concept and organization are discussed as are applicable laws governing volunteers in the Hartford area.

 

  • Session II: DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION
    Gives a brief overview of fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards, and fire suppression strategies. Materials cover the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up the situation, controlling utilities, and extinguishing a small fire.

 

  • Session III: DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS (PART I)
    Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.

 

  • Session IV: DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS (PART II)
    Participants learn to evaluate patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.

 

  • Session V: LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS
    Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques, and rescuer safety.

 

  • Session VI: DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION
    Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker. It addresses CERT organization and management principles and the need for documentation.

 

  • Session VII: COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION
    Participants review take-home exam answers and practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in a disaster activity. During each session, participants are required to bring safety equipment (gloves, goggles, mask) and disaster supplies (bandages, flashlight, dressings) which will be used during the session. By doing this for each session, participants are building a disaster response kit of items that they will need during a disaster.

Frequently Asked Questions about CERT
 

Local Citizen Corps Councils

 
  • Andover CERT
    Point of Contact: Sylvia Dake
    Phone Number: 860-742-7305
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  • East Hartford CERT
    Point of Contact: Daniel Dube
    Phone Number: 860-291-7644
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    Website address: www.ehcert.org

  • Ellington CERT
    Point of Contact: John Streiber
    Phone Number: 860-918-3112
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  • Enfield CERT
    Point of Contact: Daniel Vindigni
    Phone Number: 860-253-6351
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  • Granby CERT
    Point of Contact: Joe Killen Phone
    Number: 860-844-5321
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  • Hartford CERT team
    Point of Contact: Lionel Thompson
    Phone Number: 860-757-4520
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  • Manchester CERT
    Point of Contact: Donald Janelle
    Phone Number: 860-647-5259
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  • Plymouth CERT
    Point of Contact: Carl Johnson
    Phone Number: 860-940-8904
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  • Somers CERT Team
    Point of Contact: Peter DeBrino
    Phone Number: 860-749-1127
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  • Vernon CERT
    Point of Contact: Allen Sheridan
    Phone Number: 860-338-0869
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  • West Hartford CERT
    Point of Contact: William Austin
    Phone Number: 860-561-8300
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American Red Cross Training

 
The American Red Cross provides Health and Safety Training to help citizens prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies and disasters.

You can take classes to learn each of the following disaster-related skills:


  • First aid
  • CPR
  • Automated external defibrillator (AED) use
  • Pet first aid

To find American Red Cross classes that are convenient to your specific location, visit the
American Red Cross Course Locator .

 

Local Red Cross Chapters


    • ARC Farmington
      209 Farmington Avenue
      Farmington, CT 06032

 

    • ARC Middletown
      97 Broad Street
      Middletown, CT 06457-3236

    • ARC New Britain
      45 Russell Street
      New Britain, CT 06052

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