CERT Training consists of 8 critical disaster topics and a final review and excercise. The training is free and takes about 24 hours to complete.
Lafayette County Emergency Management offers this training several times a year. It is also offered in surrounding counties. This training is basically the same throughout the country and your training will be recognized by other CERTs as we recognize theirs.
- Disaster Preparedness
- Fire Safety
- Disaster Medical Operations
- Light Search and Rescue
- CERT Organization
- Disaster Psychology
- Terrorism and CERT
The training finishes with a close to full scale or full scale exercise where you will actively participate in a disaster response event and will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and hone your skills learned during the course.
CERT training is not medically intensive. The purpose of CERT is to do the greatest good for the greatest number. With that in mind, we do not offer CPR or advance first aid during the training. Courses such as these are offered post-CERT training as ways to enhance and advance the knowledge you have.
The training is not physically intensive. You can apply yourself at your level of physical ability and should NEVER attempt to do something you cannot normally do on a daily basis. Our CERT team has a roll for each of us to play regardless of our physical ability. Disaster response requires people with a desire to help others. Bring us the attitude of wanting to help and we'll find you a place to be effective in disaster response.