Douglas County’s Community Emergency Response Team will host its annual Safety Fair May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
Booths manned by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, East Fork Fire Protection District and many others will be on hand with demonstrations and various free training conducted throughout the event.
Education will be available on developing emergency plans and building disaster & evacuation supply kits. Carson Valley Medical Center will have set up its Hydration Station set up to provide free water during the event.
The Community Emergency Response Team is trained to help in an emergency when paid or volunteer professional responders might not be available to address immediate life-saving needs or to protect property. CERT members are not intended to replace a community’s response capability, but to serve as an important supplement to it.
CERTs can complement and enhance first-response capability by working outward from their homes to the neighborhood or office and beyond until first responders arrive or until teams report to an incident command post.
During training, CERT members learn to:
- Prepare for the hazards that threaten their communities.
- Apply size-up and safety principles.
- Locate and turn off utilities.
- Extinguish small fires.
- Identify hazardous materials situations.
- Triage and treat victims.
- Set up a medical treatment area.
- Conduct searches and rescues in lightly and moderately damaged structures.
- Understand the psychological impact of a disaster on themselves and others.
- Organize CERT members and spontaneous volunteers for an effective and safe response.
- Apply response skills in a disaster simulation.
- Following initial training, Douglas County Emergency Management has the challenge of helping CERT members maintain and improve their skills through a variety of training programs, exercises, and special projects, all tailored at the local level to meet local needs.
Visit this link for more information on CERT.