The first class in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a lecture about disaster preparedness. Highlights that the instructor talked about:
- Keep a flashlight by your bed. In a disaster, a light is your lifeline.
- Keep a pair of shoes by your bed. If there is an earthquake, you won’t want to walk through broken glass.
- Put baby locks on your upper cabinets. If there was an earthquake, they can help prevent things from falling out and breaking or landing on someones head.
- Put some reflective paint on your utility shutoffs. In the middle of the night, if you need to turn them off, they will jump out at you when you shine your flashlight at them.
- Make sure your water heater is strapped to the wall!!!
- Think about where the gas line comes into your house. What is right above it? The power box. If there was a major earthquake, turn off your gas line, for an earthquake could break both the gas line and the power lines. Gas + electricity = big fire.
- In a major disaster, it is often times easier to call someone out of state than instate. Therefore, have an out of state emergency contact / check in person. If there is a disaster, everyone in the family knows they are to call that person and check in with them.
- The Las Vegas Valley has several major earthquake fault lines running under it. A major earthquake here is very likely. If and and when it happens, emergency response will be overwhelmed. We will be left to fend for ourselves. What will you do?
An earthquake hits Las Vegas. 100,000s are injured. Large sections of the city are without electricity. The emergency personal are overwhelmed. What do you do?
The Community Emergency Response Team (“CERT”) training tries to help you know, before hand, what to do in an emergency. From the CERT website “The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community”
Today I took the first of six classes in CERT. I think this is a great class everyone. The skills you learn could very well save your life and the life of those around you.
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue provides this training free to anyone in Southern Nevada interested in attending. I will be taking it for the next five Wednesdays in the evening. If anyone is interested in joining me, let me know. You can miss the first class but not any of the other ones.