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CERT Training Materials

FEMA IS-317: Introduction to CERT

CERT Basic Training Participant Manual

Download Participant Manual (full document in single PDF file)

Download Hazard Annexes (full document in single PDF file)

Participant Manual Individual Sections (Microsoft Word Version)

  1. Cover
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Introduction
  4. Unit 1: Disaster Preparedness
  5. Unit 2: Fire Safety
  6. Unit 3: Disaster Medical Operations—Part 1
  7. Unit 4: Disaster Medical Operations—Part 2
  8. Unit 5: Light Search and Rescue Operations
  9. Unit 6: CERT Organization
  10. Unit 7: Disaster Psychology
  11. Unit 8: Terrorism and CERT
  12. Unit 9: Course Review and Disaster Simulation

Hazard Annexes (Microsoft Word Version)

  1. Earthquake
  2. Fires and Wildfires
  3. Floods
  4. Excessive Heat
  5. Hurricanes and Coastal Storms
  6. Landslides and Mudflows
  7. Severe Thunderstorms
  8. Tornadoes
  9. Tsunamis
  10. Volcanoes
  11. Winter Storms
  12. Nuclear Power Plant Emergencies
  13. Pandemic Influenza

CERT Supplemental Training

CERT Animal Response I

The CERT supplemental module on Animal Response I is the first of two modules that make up the CERT Animal Response training. CERT supplemental training builds on the CERT Basic Training course and is intended for CERT members who have completed the basic training.  Animal Response I will teach CERT members emergency preparedness for animal owners and how to recognize specific animal behaviors. 

CERT Animal Response II

The CERT supplemental module on Animal Response II is the second of two modules that make up the CERT Animal Response training.  CERT supplemental training builds on the CERT Basic Training course and is intended for CERT members who have completed the basic training.  Animal Response II will prepare CERT members for situations involving animals that they may encounter in performing their broader CERT response functions.

  • CERT Animal Response Module II Instructor Guide
  • CERT Animal Response Module II Participant Manual
  • CERT Animal Response Module II PowerPoint Presentation

 

CERT Emergency Communications Module

In this four-hour module, CERT members will learn: 1) the role of CERT in communications during an activation; 2) how to use a communications plan; 3) the use of different communication modes and strategies; and, 4)how to use communication devices. The materials are in Word format and PowerPoint, and can be tailored to better fit local training needs.

CERT Emergency Communications Module

 

CERT Tools for Leadership Success

In this four-hour module, CERT members will learn: 1) how CERT Basic Training concepts relate to leadership; 2) the characteristics, skills and responsibilities of team leaders, and how leaders and team members interact; 3) different styles of leadership and how they apply to CERT situations; and, 4) examples of how CERT leaders run successful team operations. The materials are in Word format and PowerPoint, and can be tailored to fit local training needs.

CERT Tools for Leadership Success

 

CERT Traffic and Crowd Management

In this four-hour module, CERT members will learn: 1) how CERT Basic Training skills relate to crowd and traffic management; 2) effective communication strategies to direct traffic and crowds; 3) crowd management skills and how to put together a basic crowd management plan; and, 4) using traffic control devices to safely manage traffic in various situations and how to put together a basic traffic management plan. Materials are in Word format and PowerPoint, and can be tailored to fit.

CERT Traffic and Crowd Management

 

Flood Response for CERTs

This four-hour module will train CERT members to: 1) relate CERT Basic Training skills to flood response; 2) identify a flood and the dangers of working around floodwaters; 3) work safely and efficiently with sandbags; and, 4) construct a sandbag barrier correctly. The materials are in Word format and PowerPoint, and can be tailored to fit local training needs.

Flood Response for CERTs

 

CERT Firefighter Rehab

This four-hour module trains CERT members to safely set up and perform the non-medical functions of firefighter rehabilitation.  CERT members will learn:  1) the definition of and need for firefighter rehab; 2) the physiological threats to firefighters; 3) an overview of what happens at the scene of a fire; and, 4) how CERT members set up and what they do in the rehab area. The materials are in Word format and PowerPoint, and can be tailored to fit local training needs.

CERT Firefighter Rehab

 
CERT Exercise Swaps

This module includes two four-hour units to train CERT teams to design and conduct exercises for each other. CERT members will learn: 1) FEMA exercise guidance and HSEEP concepts; 2) criteria for well-designed CERT exercises; 3) steps and documents used in designing and conducting an exercise; and, 4) challenges and smart practices for conducting a CERT exercise. Participants will begin the exercise swap design process as part of the course work.

CERT Exercise Swaps

 

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