Free CERT Training

In Announcements, by , on October 29th, 2014

Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University will host a CERT Training, which is a FREE Citizen Preparedness course that includes academic and hands-on instruction, as well as a disaster training exercise.

CERT Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, family, and neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Emergency personnel may not be able to help everyone immediately so you can make a difference by using CERT Training to save lives and protect property.

Classes start Nov. 3, 2014, and run seven consecutive Monday nights from 7 – 10 p.m. culminating with a disaster simulation on Dec. 15 at the Niagara University campus.

Topics covered include:

  • Disaster preparedness: Disasters and disaster workers, community preparedness
  • Disaster medical operations I: Triage and treating life threatening injuries
  • Disaster medical operations II: Public health considerations and patient treatment
  • Fire safety: Fire chemistry, hazards, safety and suppression
  • Light search and rescue: Search and rescue size-up and operations
  • CERT Team organization and Incident Command System (ICS 100)
  • Disaster psychology: Impact of disaster on rescuers and victims and its mitigation
  • Terrorism & CERT:  Terrorism and its goals—CERT protocols for terrorism incidents
  • Disaster simulation training exercise: Course review and hands-on exercise

Through personal education, training and volunteer service, every individual can help make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to the various threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. CERT, developed for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is one of the primary programs offered to the American public to meet this challenge. Participants must be at least 16 years of age, attend all seven (7) class sessions, complete all requirements and register as a Border Community SERVICE volunteer.  Best of all, CERT training is fun and FREE.

For more information contact Valerie Haseley, Niagara County Project Coordinator, at 716.205.0076 Register online at and indicate you are enrolling in the NU class.