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EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM(CERT)
In Los Angeles, many of our communities are ill-prepared for the destructive potential of the major earthquake that is now overdue. When it happens, police, fire and medical services will be unavailable to local communities for days following the earthquake and citizens will have to rely on their own supplies, knowledge and organization.
To train and educate the public, the
Los Angeles Fire Department created the
all-volunteer CERT program in 1986 in order to complement the City's response to individual, community and city-wide emergencies such as earthquakes as well as fire, floods, mud slides and epidemics.
Volunteers receive an initial 17½ hours of instruction* over a seven-week period, from dedicated LAFD personnel and become proficient in the basics of emergency preparedness and response. Ongoing training and exercises refresh and expand on the initial training.
*New LAFD CERT classes are coming up starting in January, 2015.
For information, see cert-la.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Preparedness Resources
25 years of CERT training has resulted in a core of trained personnel living throughout the city, but seldom in sufficient numbers to form local teams. The Neighborhood Team Program, while not a substitute for CERT training, offers a simplified training and response program in which everyone can participate.
The NTP Process
NTP organizes local neighbors, both
CERT-trained and untrained into
Neighborhood Emergency Teams.
NTP is adaptable to the needs, resources and interests of each neighborhood team, thereby improving preparedness and response at the local neighborhood level.
Volunteer teams of 10-to-20 persons living within a 3-to-5 block radius are led by
CERT-trained volunteers from the area and are instructed in personal, family and limited group preparedness techniques. These include search and report,
light search and rescue, damage assessment, communications and
field-level medical treatment.
For answers to questions about NTP, or if you are interested in becoming part of the Neighborhood Team Program in the City of Los Angeles, email email@example.com.