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Serving Palm Beach County


Did you know?

  • Following a disaster most people, unfortunately, are not prepared to deal with an unexpected emergency or minor medical problem.
  • Emergency crews are quickly overwhelmed, causing delays of hours or days.
  • In the aftermath of a disaster large numbers of citizen volunteers offer to help. Without proper training they can be ineffective, or even worst, they risk causing potential injury or death to themselves.
  • Now you can learn how to manage disasters by taking CERT training. Most CERT classes meet for 3 hours twice a week for 4 weeks for a total of 24 hours of disaster management instruction. There is no charge for CERT classes.

CERT Course Content

Week One

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Discussion of various types of major emergencies that may affect South Florida. Familiarization with the Emergency Management System and the process of disaster recovery. Other concepts include “post storm” team operations, facing problems in organizing teams under emergency conditions and operating a neighborhood “command post.” Learn about disaster psychology, damage assessment and documentation.

DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION: Learn about basic fire suppression strategies, team and personal safety considerations, fire chemistry, hazardous materials, and fire hazards. The class focus is sizing up the situation, the safe use of fire extinguishers, extinguishing a small fire, and controlling utilities.

Week Two

DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques. Also students learn the concepts of evaluating 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.

Week Three

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

DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION: Students learn the signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker, CERT organization and management principles and the need for documentation.

Week Four

TERRORISM: Participants are introduced to the concept of terrorism as it applies to CERT.

COURSE REVIEW: Participants review their answers from a take home examination.

DISASTER SIMULATION: Practical (hands on) experience which requires the student to utilize the skills learned over the past four weeks of class, including fire suppression, first aid, triage, and search and rescue.

For more information about CERT, please contact us by e-mail or phone.

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It takes a community!

Over several events Neighbors First provides school supplies to over 600 children. With your support we are able to provide for some of the neediest in our area.
Neighbors First continues to train adults and teenagers in disaster response. Due to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma we have had a presence in Texas, North Florida and the Florida Keys. Our staff and volunteers have been very busy making a difference and touching lives.
Interested in becoming C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) trained. Contact us by email or phone.

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