What does CERT stand for?

Community Emergency Response Training

What is CERV?

Community Emergency Response Volunteers

What is CERT?

A 20-hour course with nine defined areas of discussion.

How is CERT training accomplished?

CERT Training trailer

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve.

Training is provided by emergency responders to the general public to assist them in dealing with and mitigating emergencies in a safe and proven manner already in place in the Emergency Responder Community.

Why do we need CERT?

2006 Springfield, IL tornado

  • Fire Fighters per capita 1 : 265
  • There are 1.1 million firefighters/750,000 are volunteers
  • Police Officers per capita 1 : 334
  • 436,000 Law Enforcement Officers and 291,000 Sheriff’s Deputies
  • EMTs per capita 1 : 325
  • 890,000 EMTs (at all levels of Pre Hospital Services)

Bottom Line

In 95% of all emergencies, Bystanders or the Victims themselves are the 1st to provide emergency assistance or perform a rescue.

Only 1% of the entire U.S. Population are Trained First Responders.

It only makes good common sense to provide the general public with appropriate training.

Midwest Hazards

Midwest Flooding

Midwest Flooding

  • Thunderstorms
  • Tornadoes
  • Flooding
  • Earthquakes
  • Fire
  • Winter Storms
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Terrorism/Violence
  • Heat Emergencies

Scope of the CERT Program

Hazardous Materials Incident

Hazardous Materials Incident (HAZMAT)

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety & Extinguisher Training
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Light Search & Rescue
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Basic Triage Techniques
  • CERT & Terrorism

Accomplishments To Date

CERT and Incident Command System

CERT in the Incident Command System

  • 6 trained instructors (Representing: Champaign Fire, Champaign Police & Urbana Police)
  • We have trained approx 80 citizens to date
  • Already compliant with new standards and requirements just released by IEMA, DHS, & FEMA to be eligible for grant money (effective July 15, 2008)
  • Have one of the leading professors in the study of CERT programs, Dr. Courtney Flint with the U of I, assisting us with ongoing research, support and marketing of the Champaign Area Citizens Corps CERT Program
  • Had one of the first graduates awarded the City’s Helping Hands Award this past April for assisting in a motor vehicle accident

Where can I learn more?

Contact Tim Murray, CERT Program Manager