Are You PREPARED to LEAD in a COMMUNITY DISASTER?

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The 8B06- Ad­visory Neighborhood Commissioner and CERT member since 2009 of Shipley Terrace seeks community youth, ages 18+ and energetic adult residents to receive training, become active volunteers, with the abil­ity to lead and organize an individual group ca­tered to the community in which we live.

Disasters come in many forms. Whether it’s by way of a natural flood, a power outage, hurricane, fire, thunder­storm, water main breaks, food shortages, epidemic or a grocery store shut-down, they happen unexpectedly and while most times, the community remains unpre­pared.

Free certified training will include the necessary tools to provide medical and physical assistance to our neighbors and resident citizens of Washington, D.C. in the event of such situations. By forming a local organization, neighbors can rely on the immediate attention of familiar faces in the case of a city-wide catastrophe.

At this time we are seeking the interest of the community. Once we get at least 20 interested members, you will be contacted further with information on how to join, information on the training agenda and schedule. Our first orientation will be held in the community with professional attendances.

“Volunteerism, through time, while added to a resume serves the same purpose as paid employment”. This local organization’s parent affiliates are: The Office of the Mayor on Volunteerism – DC – Community Emergency Response Team, DC Serve, and the DC Citizen’s Corp.

The Program’s Mission

The DC Citizen Corps, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volun­teer program trains citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergency situ­ations in their communities. When emer­gencies happen, CERT members can provide critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

Training Objectives

Upon completion of this 20-hour course, the participants will be able to:

• Recognize and prepare for the hazards that threaten personal, family and com­munity safety.

• Describe the function of CERT and their role in immediate response.

• Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster.

• Identify and reduce potential fire haz­ards in their home or workplace.

• Apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources and safety measures to ex­tinguish a small fire while working as a team.

• Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding and treating for shock.

• Conduct triage under simulated disaster conditions.

• Educate family and community mem­bers on the District’s homeland security terrorist threat.

• Identify planning and size up require­ments for potential search and rescue situations.

• Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.

• Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.

• Understand the psychological impact of a disaster on themselves and others.

• Organize CERT members for an effective and safe response.

For more information on the CERT pro­gram, please contact: Shirley Hall – CERT Program Officer at Shirley.Hall@dc.gov or call (202) 727-7925

I look forward to your interest to join or to learn more. Please contact Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Mitchell Hawkins (pictured above) at (202) 321- 6043 or by email at 8B06@anc.dc.gov for more information.

 

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