The basic CERT course is offered on Vashon in 3 parts. Each part is a pre-requisite for the next.
Part 1: Household Preparedness, Fire & Gas Safety, How Vashon Will Tick in a Disaster
Saturday, March 31, 2018, 9 am. to 2 p.m.
Vashon Fire station on Bank Rd., Farcy training building
Sign-up required; please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaders of Vashon's non-profit citizen response teams, Vashon Fire Dept and Puget Sound Energy offer a packed 5-hour seminar on how to prepare to be self-sufficient, well fed, safe and reasonably comfortable in a disaster that could isolate our island for days or weeks. Natural gas, electrical and fire experts will cover general safety about those issues plus disaster response options.
Part 2: 24 more hours of Fire & Utility Safety, Chemical Safety, Light Search & Rescue, and Advanced First Aid
Fridays April 6, 13, 20, 27 plus May 4, 11. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Vashon Fire station on Bank Rd. for most classes; other locations will be given to you after course starts April 6.
Enrollment limited to 32 people; sign-up required by emailing email@example.com
Fire Dept officers will cover most of this curriculum, giving you skills in light fire fighting, safely removing someone buried in debris or crushed by a car or similar, treating life-threatening injuries, splinting and more advanced first aid skills. Participants must wear long pants and "work clothes" for these trainings. If you have physical limitations, just let the instructor know and we'll gladly accommodate you.
Pre-requisite: The March 31 preparedness seminar (or that seminar in 2017 if you attended one of those)
Part 3: 20 more hours of how CERT-trained citizens can work as a team to accomplish life-saving things in disaster situations, and what our team would likely do on Vashon in earthquake and severe weather situations as well as searching for a missing person. This includes how we organize ourselves, administration and logistics to support our activities, and some paperwork for the paperwork nerds who can help out in that way!
Fridays May 18, 25 and June 8. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Also Sunday June 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (a disaster simulation practice session)
Part 3 is for people who think they can join the active Vashon CERT team. Additional training is offered beyond this course, and the minimum requirement to stay active is to attend 4 trainings per year.
Pre-requisite: Parts 1 and 2 above.