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Community Emergency Response Teams

  • Thanks for volunteering to help yourself,

  • your family,

  • your neighbors,

  • Your community

  • Your Sponsors:

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WELCOME! - Sun City Center CERT


    • Bill Barron

      • President SCC CERT

      • Past Chairman: Hillsborough Citizen Corps Council

      • Hillsborough County Deputy RACES; Skywarn NWS

      • Served at Katrina and Wilma

      • Contact: 642-9079 or

    • Other instructors


    • Your background and interests

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      • Frequent breaks

      • Wear old clothes to next session

      • We’ll finish in 2 weeks!


      • Name tag for desk

      • Complete and return the sign-up/waiver package (4 pages; two info pages)-- return to me today

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    Relax! Have fun and Learn!

    • The Basic CERT Instruction books are yours

    • There’s no “tests’ .. No way to fail!

    • At end of classes, you’ll receive from HCFR:

      • CERT Bag & equipment

      • Certificate of Completion

      • ID badge

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    Class schedule----

    … random order .. not following the text ..

    • Week 1:

      • #1 Disaster Preparedness

      • #6 CERT Organization

      • #3 Triage

      • #7 Psychological

    • Week 2:

      • #5 Search & Rescue

      • #8 Terrorism

      • #2 Fire suppression

      • #4 Disaster medical

    • Final: Practical review with HCFR

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    What you’ll Learn…

    • Upon completing this course, the participants should be able to:

    • Types of hazards that are most likely to affect their homes and communities.

      • Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster.

      • Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes or workplaces.

    • CERT organization and documentation requirements

      • Describe CERT functions and their role – especially at SCC!

    • Triage

      • Conduct triage under simulated disaster conditions.

      • Describe the post-disaster emotional environment and the steps that rescuers can take to relieve their own stress … and those of disaster survivors.

    • Basic Medical

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

      • Perform head-to-toe patient assessments.

      • Select and set up a treatment area.

      • Employ basic treatments for various wounds, and apply splints to suspected fractures and sprains.

    • Search and Rescue – and fire-fighting:

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

      • Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a pan fire.

      • Work as a team to apply safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.

      • Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue operations.

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    Can-do Team Exercise !

    • Break into teams

    • Complete the assignment [5 minutes]

      (Video) (PC) 2 Minutes

    • Report how you did it – issues– to the group!

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    Can-do Team Exercise !

    • There's no correct list of Items

      • See @ here

    • Lessons:

      Everyone has skills .. Diverse ideas count!

      Leadership .. someone has to be in charge

      Learning: visual, hearing, tactile

    • Key lesson for the ICS

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    What you’ll Learn….Bill's Rules

    • How to take care of yourself --- don't become a victim!

    • Rule #1: Watch out for #1!!

    • And You Can work together with unfamiliar tools, persons, and situations in a time-compressed environment.

    • Rule #2: Always buddy-up!!

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    What does CERT Do?

    • Non-disaster roles

    • Disaster activations

    • Things we don't do:

    • - Debris removal

    • - Medical/CPR instruction

    • - Manpower for “every” event

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    Nondisaster CERT Roles

    • CERT members:

    • -Distribute preparedness materials.

    • -Staff first aid booths at special events.

    • -Limited traffic / crowd control (with HCSO)

    • -Golf cart parades, fireworks, Fun Fest; AUW, 50th

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    Silver Alert Program

    The "Amber Alert" for Seniors

    • Program: On certain occasions, where additional manpower or volunteers could be of assistance, it is agreed that volunteers of the Sun City Center CERT group [CERT] may be activated/called-out by either

    • the Sun City Center Security Patrol or

    • The Kings Point Security Staff or

    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office.

      These volunteers will be directed by either SCC Patrol or HCSO.

    Gov Crist’s Program: see here

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    CERT Roles

    There's lots of things to do with CERT ..

    .. club meetings (no dues Jan-Oct)

    .. local, County, State drills

    But the main purpose is to avoid having you become a Victim

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    Unit #1- Disaster Preparedness Objectives

    • Describe the types of hazards to which your community is vulnerable.

    • Describe the functions of CERT.

    • Identify preparedness steps.

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    CERT Actions in a Disaster Setting

    • Assume many of the same functions as response personnel when necessary until help arrives:

      • Fire safety

      • Light search and rescue

      • Disaster medical operations

      • You’re covered!

        • Florida Good-Samaritan Law

          • FL Statute 768.13- Good faith & gratuitously

        • Florida Volunteer Protection Act (768.1355)

          • Acting within scope of training/official duties

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    Do’s and Don’ts

    • You are not a Sheriff, Deputy, or Firefighter

    • No Guns, knives, sticks, weapons

    • Your 1st responsibility is to Yourself, your family

    • Contact your leader before activating; if possible

    • Bring all your gear

    • Stay within scope of training

    • Know your limitations 

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    Types of Local Area Disasters

    • Hurricanes

    • Tornadoes

    • Hazmat

    Dangers everywhere … but not covering earthquakes, avalanches, or floods ....

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    A Hurricane Is . . .

    • A violent area of low pressure forming in the tropical Atlantic Ocean from June to November.

    • In 2004; SCC felt the effects of 4 Hurricanes

    • (Charley, Frances, Jean, Ivan)

    • In 2005, there was

    • Katrina and Wilma

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    Risks Posed by Hurricane and Coastal Storms

    • Intense winds and rain can:

    • Damage or destroy structures.

    • Lift and move unstable structures and objects.

    • Damage utility lines.

    • Be accompanied by tornadoes.

    • Cause coastal erosion.

    • Cause floods.

    • Threaten lives.

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    Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

    • Five categories of storms

    • Measures wind speed

    • Includes expected barometric pressure and storm surge

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    Hurricane Statistics

    • Nearly 100 million Americans are at risk:

    • 14 million live in the zone where winds over 125 mph have been recorded.

    • More than 6 million live in storm surge areas.

    • SCC is NOT in an evacuation zone!

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    Preparing for a Hurricane/Coastal Storm

    • Know your risk and evacuation routes.

    • Develop a plan.

    • Secure needed supplies.

    • Flood-proof property.

    • Secure mobile homes and outdoor items.

    • Monitor local media:


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    A Tornado Is . . .

    • A powerful, circular windstorm that may be accompanied by winds in excess of 250 miles per hour.

    • Christmas Day 2005 tornado destroyed 140 homes at Strawberry Ridge in Pasco County

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    Risks Posed by Tornadoes

    • Tornadoes can:

    • Rip trees apart.

    • Destroy buildings.

    • Uproot structures and objects.

    • Send debris and glass flying.

    • Overturn cars and mobile homes.

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    Fujita Wind-Damage Scale

    • Measures tornado strength

    • Six levels:

      • F0: Light damage

      • F1: Moderate damage

      • F2: Considerable damage

      • F3: Severe damage

      • F4: Devastating damage

      • F5: Incredible damage

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    Tornado Preparedness

    • Know the risk.

    • Identify a “safe” room. (Where is yours?)

    • Learn the community’s warning system

      • None! No sirens in West Central Florida.. why?.

    • Conduct family

      tornado drills.

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    Hazardous Materials Are . . .

    • Substances that because of their chemical nature, pose a potential risk to life, health, or property if they are released or used improperly.

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    Sources of Hazardous Materials

    • Chemical plants

    • Service stations

    • Hospitals

    • Hazardous materials waste sites

    • Transport vehicles

      2007 Ammonia Pipeline “treasure hunt”

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    During a Hazardous Materials Incident

    • Leave the area!

    • Report the incident.

    • If hearing a warning, listen for instructions.

    … don't grab the swindle sheets .. just “run away!”

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    During a Hazardous Materials Incident

    • Stay away from the incident site.

    • If outside, stay upstream, uphill, and upwind.

      • U U U  PROTECT YOU!

        Rule # 3: The rule-of-thumb

    • If in a motor vehicle, stop and find shelter.

    • If asked to evacuate, do so immediately.

    • If requested, stay indoors—shelter in place.

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    If Asked to Shelter in Place

    • Get household members and pets inside.

    • Close and lock exterior doors and windows.

    • Turn off air conditioners and ventilation systems.

    • Go to the pre-selected safe room.

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    Post-incident Actions

    • Do not return home until instructed.

    • Open windows and vents and turn on fans.

    • Follow decontamination procedures.

    • Learn how to clean up land and property.

    • Report any lingering hazards.

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    Household Chemicals

    • Knowing how to handle these products

    • and how to react during an emergency

    • can reduce the risk of injury.

    • Read directions before using.

    • Store in safe, secure location.

    • Avoid mixing chemical products.

    • Never smoke while using chemicals.

    • Clean up spills immediately.

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    Symptoms of Poisoning

    • Difficulty breathing

    • Irritation of eyes, skin, throat, or respiratory tract

    • Changes in skin color

    • Headaches, blurred vision, dizziness

    • Clumsiness or lack of coordination

    • Cramps or diarrhea

    • Call Poison Control?

    • Take chemical with you to Hospital!

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    Home Preparedness

    • Limit

    • Isolate

    • Eliminate

    • Separate

    • Do you really need 5 cans of Drano? .

    • East View Drive Paint cans incident…

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    Review---Types of Disasters

    • Natural

    • Manmade

    • Technological

    • They are relatively unexpected.

    • Emergency personnel will beoverwhelmed.

    • Lives, health, and the environment are endangered.

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    REVIEW- Preparing for a Disaster

    • CERT should prepare by:

    • Identifying potential hazards in their homes and workplaces.

    • Reducing hazards, where possible.

    • Developing a disaster supply kit.

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    Disaster Supply Kit []

    • Two-week supply of medications

      • List of medications by name, dosage, doctor

      • Get a ‘Vial-of-Life’ from the SCC Emergency squad

    • Three-day supply of non-perishable and canned foods

    • Bottled drinking water – 3 gallons per person

    • First-aid kit

    • Flashlights and lanterns with extra batteries

    • Portable radio or TV and extra batteries

    • Two coolers—one to keep food; one for ice

    • Basic tools (hammer, pliers, scissors, screwdriver, duct tape, manual can-opener, etc)

    • Cups, plates, napkins, trash bags

    • Sanitary supplies—plastic bucket with lid, kitty litter, bags

    • Water purification tablets – or bleach ( drop per gallon)

    • Cash, valuables and important papers

    • Insect repellant

    • Car / house keys, wallet/purse, extra eyeglasses

    • Optional Items: Plastic sheeting/tarp, screening, tools, nails, Clean-up supplies—buckets, mops, brooms, Camera, film, Instant tire sealer, Emergency/distress whistle, Cell phone (may not work after event), phone numbers

    • Don’t forget your PET’s disaster kit!

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    Unit # 1 ‘RULES’

    • Rule #1: Watch out for #1!!

    • Rule #2: Always buddy-up!!

    • Rule # 3: The rule-of-thumb