FEMA has intended to make changes to various aspects of the CERT program since 2011. Final FEMA changes to the CERT program will be reviewed and adjustments to our local CERT program will be made as needed. The Sebastopol CERT course is also being reviewed for potential reorganization of curriculum and course delivery which will better suit our local needs.
The 2013 course curriculum is below.
The Sebastopol CERT program is either 2 nights per week for 4 weeks or eight evening sessions that are approximately 2 ½ hours each. Six classes are held at the Fire Station and one class at the Police Station. The eigth night at the Fire Station is a realistic emergency simulation that presents a hands-on opportunity for class attendees to practice what they have learned. The basic CERT class curriculum is as follows:
- Disaster Preparedness – an introduction
- Fire Safety
- Light Search and Rescue
- CERT Organization/Disaster Psychology
- Disaster Medical Skills 1
- Disaster Medical Skills 2
- Law Enforcement/Communications
- Review and Disaster Simulation
Through generous support from the community (see Sponsor), Sebastopol CERT has been able to keep the cost of the class the same since the first class in 2006. CERT class attendees receive a CERT notebook on the first night covering the course materials and a CERT backpack on the final night with a few basic items needed inside. Sebastopol area residents who have completed all the classes also receive a gift certificate from the Sebastopol Hardware Center to provision the new backpack with additional emergency supplies.
To be placed on our CERT email list, and to receive notification of upcoming classes and other emergency related information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.