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The 20 Hr. initial CERT course was made available nationally by FEMA in 1993. CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through CERT training, citizens can manage utilities turn-off and put out small fires; treat the three major killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic first aid; safely search for and rescue victims and learn to organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective in a disaster setting. The CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it. This individual will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster or even a neighborhood accident. (FEMA recommended classes)
PARTNERED WITH DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM
After the CERT training, there is additional training to become a DART volunteer. FEMA has some training courses regarding animals in disaster and livestock in disaster (FEMA website). We also recommend and have personnel who train on people and pet first aid and CPR courses within our organization.The Humane Society of the United States also has some additional information on animals in disaster responsibility and actions to take to prepare (Humane Society website).
When disaster strikes, don't get caught off guard. Do your pets and/or livestock/equines have identification papers? Do you have shelter supplies for you/your family members and your pets? Do you have an evacuation sticker on your refrigerator or in your home listing animals residing in your home in case rescuers have to remove them if you're not home? Do you have medical records for you/your family members and pets/animals? (More DART info)
Are you prepared for the first 72 hours during a disaster before first responders can get to you or you can get out?
Do you have enough transportation to get your livestock, animals, etc. out if disaster strikes your community?
Where do you keep copies of your important documents in case you need to leave within minutes?
Do you have a 'go bag' ready in case you need it?
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