The Shakopee CERT Program was launched in April 2005 and is sponsored by the Shakopee Fire Department. CERT training is designed to prepare you, your family and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, CERT members provide critical support services if emergency services are not immediately available.
Individual preparedness, planning, survival skills and teamwork within neighborhoods and worksites.
- DISASTER PREPAREDNESS – Addresses hazards to which people are vulnerable in their community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during and after a disaster. As the session progresses, the instructor begins to explore an expanded response role for civilians in that they should begin to consider themselves disaster workers. Since they will want to help their family members and neighbors, this training can help them operate in a safe and appropriate manner. The CERT concept and organization are discussed, as well as applicable laws governing volunteers in that jurisdiction.
- FIRE SAFETY – Briefly covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up the situation, controlling utilities and extinguishing a small fire.
- DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I – Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
- DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II – Covers evaluating patients by doing a head-to-toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.
- LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS – Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques and, most important, rescuer safety.
- DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION – Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker. It addresses CERT organization and management principles and the need for documentation.
- TERRORISM AND CERT – Participants will learn about various types of terrorism and potential community targets while identifying CERT operating procedures and actions to take following a suspected terrorist incident.
- COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION – Participants review their answers from a take home examination. Finally, they practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in disaster activity.
A nominal fee is charged for participation in the class. The only prerequisites for the Shakopee CERT training course are to be over age 18 and be a resident or business owner within the Shakopee Fire District, which includes the City of Shakopee, as well as Jackson and Louisville Townships. Each person will receive a free CERT Survival Kit. Ongoing training will be provided for all CERT members. (Such as CPR/AED, Terrorism, Skywarn, Incident Command, refresher training, etc.)
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Emergencies happen--from natural disasters, like a flood or tornado, to something intentional. Either way, they can affect you and your family.
Do you have a plan? Does your family have a meeting place? Will you have enough food and water stored? Prescription medications? What about your pets?
Learn how to get you and your family ready. Go to codeready.org and get prepared.