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Contra Costa County CERT Program Unit 6 – CERT Organization. Released: 6 September 2010. Community Emergency Response Team. Personal safety is ALWAYS the number one priority Work as a team Wear personal protective equipment…gloves, helmet, goggles, N95 mask and boots

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community emergency response team
Community Emergency Response Team
  • Personal safety is ALWAYS the number one priority
  • Work as a team
  • Wear personal protective equipment…gloves, helmet, goggles, N95 mask and boots
  • The CERT goal is to do the

Greatest Good for the Greatest Number

  • Hope for the best but plan for the worst
unit 6 cert organization
Unit 6 - CERT Organization

CLASS OBJECTIVES

  • Describe the CERT organization
  • Identify how CERTs interrelate with ICS
  • Explain documentation requirements
purpose of on scene management
Purpose of On-Scene Management
  • Maintain physical safety of disaster workers
  • Maintain mental well being of disaster workers
  • Provide clear leadership and organizational structure
  • Improve effectiveness of rescue efforts
need for cert organization
Need for CERT Organization

Incident Command System provides:

  • Well-defined management structure
  • Manageable span of control
  • Common terminology
  • Effective communication
  • Consolidated action plans
  • Comprehensive resource management
  • Accountability
objectives of cert organization
Objectives of CERT Organization
  • Identifies the scope of the incident
      • What is the problem?
  • Determines an overall strategy
      • What can CERT do, and will they do it?
  • Deploys resources
      • Who is going to do what?
  • Documents actions and results
      • If you didn’t write it down, it didn’t happen
cert ics
CERT & ICS

INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM

  • Provides flexibility of resource management
  • Management Span of Control
  • There are 5 major management activities in ICS
    • Command
    • Operations
    • Planning
    • Logistics
    • Finance/ Administration
ics management
ICS Management

SPAN OF CONTROL

  • Is between 3 and 7 team members
  • Optimally does not exceed 5 team members
cert and ics
CERT and ICS

(Incident

Commander)

Basic CERT ICS

command and control
Command and Control
  • Incident Commander… “What to do”
    • CERT leader
  • Operations… “How to do it”
    • Manage the teams in the field
  • Logistics… “How to support it”
    • Manage resources, supplies and equipment
  • Planning / Intelligence… “What’s going on”
    • Make incident plans,Collect and display information
  • Administration… “What gets recorded”
    • Collect and compile documentation
ics incident commander
ICS – Incident Commander

ONE MORE

FIREFIGHTER

SHOULD

DO IT

  • Sets objectives and priorities, has overall responsibility at the incident or event.
  • Establishes the command post
  • Assigns personnel as needed
  • Initially may be responsible for Operations, Plans, Logistics and Administration duties. As event grows the IC will delegate these.
  • Ensures coordination of staff actions and activities
dealing with the media
Dealing with the Media
  • Refer media inquiries to CERT Team Leader / IC
  • Do not let media interfere with CERT goals
ics operations
ICS - Operations

OPERATIONS

  • Develops the operations tactics
  • Develops the organization structure
  • Conducts tactical operations to carry out the plan
  • Directs all resources deployed
ics plans
ICS - Plans

PLANS

  • Develops the action plan to accomplish the objectives defined for the event
  • Collects and evaluates information
  • Maintains resource status on all equipment and personnel during event
  • Maintains incident documentation
ics logistics
ICS - Logistics

LOGISTICS

  • Provides resources and all other services needed to support an incident:
    • Personnel
    • Food
    • Communications
    • Facilities
    • Transportation, etc.
ics administration
ICS - Administration

ADMINISTRATION / FINANCE

  • Responsible for costs related to incident
  • Provides accounting, procurement, time recording and cost analyses
cert structure
CERT Structure
  • CERT Leader (Incident Commander)
    • Appointed to direct CERT team activities
    • In a disaster response, this person is usually the first person to arrive at the pre-designated staging area
  • Command Post
    • Location the CERT Leader establishes for command and control of incident
  • CERT Leader may appoint Operations, Planning, Logistics, etc. as incident expands
  • A CERT incident may be small or large
cert mobilization
CERT Mobilization

CERTS:

  • Take care of themselves, their family, their home and their neighbors
  • Respond to staging area, gathering facts along the way
  • First to arrive is in charge of incident and is CERT Leader
  • CERT organization should have effective communications, a manageable span of control and maintain accountability

The greatest good for the greatest number without placing CERT members in harms way

cert mobilization1
CERT Mobilization

CERT Mobilization (When, Where & How)

  • Depending on CERT protocols, CERT members respond to pre-designated locations ready for response
  • CERT IC will develop an organization plan
  • Priorities may change as operation continues; CERT IC needs to stay on top of these shifting priorities
  • Communications must be organized, efficient and effective
  • ICS was developed to assist in the management of major incidents - Use it
  • Goal is always to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people while maintaining CERT safety
cert decision making review
CERT Decision Making Review
  • Heavy damage = No rescue, mark as heavy damage, warn people to stay away
  • Moderate damage = Minimize rescuers time in building
  • Light damage = Locate, triage, treat, and prioritize victim removal
team functions in light damage
Team Functions in Light Damage
  • Search & Rescue Group
    • Locate, triage, tag, transport ‘Delayed’ and ‘Immediate’ to medical treatment area, document
  • Medical Group
    • Triage again, head-to-toe, treatment, transport “Immediates” to a higher level of medical care, document
  • Utility Control Group
    • Shut off utilities as needed, extinguish small fires, document
team functions in moderate damage
Team Functions in Moderate Damage
  • Search & Rescue Group
    • Locate, stabilize, evacuate, triage in safe area, warn others, document
  • Other Groups as Necessary such as: Utilities Group
    • Shut off utilities as needed, extinguish small fires, document
  • Medical Group
    • Triage again, head-to-toe in safe area, treatment in safe area, transport “Immediates” to a higher level of medical care, document
team functions in heavy damage
Team Functions in Heavy Damage
  • Search & Rescue Group
    • Search around the perimeter for victims, gather information, warn others, document
  • Utility Control Group
    • Shut off utilities if safe to do so, document
documentation
Documentation
  • Under CERT each level of authority is responsible for documentation (Incident Commander, Operations, Planning, Logistics, Administration / Finance)
documentation responsibilities
Documentation Responsibilities
  • CERT Teams provide the Command Post with ongoing information and documentation on:
    • Damage assessment
    • Team status
    • Ongoing needs
  • Command Post documents:
    • Incident status
      • Incident locations, Access routes, Identified hazards
      • Support locations: Staging Area, Treatment/Triage Areas, Morgue
cert forms
CERT Forms
  • Damage Assessment
  • Personnel Resources Sign-In
  • Incident/Assignment Tracking Log
  • Briefing Assignment
  • Victim Treatment Area Record
  • Communications Log
  • Equipment Inventory
  • General Message

Forms are in Participant Manual pages 6-20 to 6-28

exercise
Exercise
  • A disaster has happened.
  • You took care of your family and the people in your neighborhood.
  • Now you are at the ‘mustering” site, the pre-arranged location where you met the other available CERTs.
  • Your group was able to establish contact with the EOC and was duly activated.
  • You are about to receive assignments. The Incident Commander expects your team to report what it has done at the end of the day.
unit summary
Unit Summary
  • CERT Organization
    • CERTs are part of ICS
  • ICS
    • Flexible and Scalable
    • Command Structure
  • Documentation
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