Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Instructor Training
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the Florida International University (FIU) hosted a four (4) day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Instructor Training on the 22nd - 25th May, 2018.
What is the CERT Program?
The Community Emergency Response Team program trains people to be better prepared to respond to crises in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community.
This training specifically targeted community leaders or persons with significant community involvement who are committed and willing to provide assistance to victims following an emergency until professional help arrive.
At the CERT training, a total of twenty-three (23) participants were introduced to the following:
- Orientation to community emergency response and disaster management theories.
- A fresher/ overview in Basic First Aid and CPR.
- Light search and rescue, fire safety and fire suppression techniques.
- Problem solving, briefing techniques and team work.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Facilitators were:
Dr. Malaika Samples a program Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor with the Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS)
Dr. Audrey Casserleigh a Teacher Professor in the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program at Florida State University.
Prof Jarrett Broder is the Director of Special Projects for the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program at the Florida State University and Deputy Director of the Center Risk Policy.
Mr. Demian Pasquarelli Executive Director of Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas.
Mr. Cecil P. Shillingford coordinated and represented the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)