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Unit 1: Introduction. Unit 1: Introduction Welcome General Emergency Preparedness Protection for CERT Members Disaster Psychology. Introduction. Welcome. Tell us who you are. What city do you live in? Why are you taking CERT?. Introduction. Exercise. Exercise: Building a Tower.

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Unit 1: Introduction
  • Welcome
  • General Emergency Preparedness
  • Protection for CERT Members
  • Disaster Psychology
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Introduction

Welcome

  • Tell us who you are.
  • What city do you live in?
  • Why are you taking CERT?
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Exercise

Exercise: Building a Tower

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General Emergency Preparedness

Inverness Winter Storm 1982

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General Emergency Preparedness

Bay Bridge 1989

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General Emergency Preparedness

Inverness Fire 1995

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General Emergency Preparedness

Inverness Fire 1995

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General Emergency Preparedness

San Geronimo Winter Storm

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CERT Organization

Team Organization

  • CERT Functions
  • Size-up.
  • Conduct light search and rescue.
  • If necessary, locate and turn off utilities.
  • Extinguish small fires.
  • Triage and treat injuries.
  • Gather resources.
  • Comfort.
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General Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Pack

  • Power Bar
  • Bottled Water
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Medications
  • First Aid Kit
  • Socks
  • Pocketknife / Leatherman
  • Pen & Paper or pad
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General Emergency Preparedness

One gallon per person per day

Are you prepared for

5 to 7 days?

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General Emergency Preparedness

Utilities

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General Emergency Preparedness

Shutting Off Utilities

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Protection for CERT Members

  • Protection for CERT Members
  • Good Samaritan Law.
  • Volunteer Protection Act of 1997.
  • Disaster Service Workers-State sponsored program.
    • Provides Worker’s compensation benefits
    • Oath of Loyalty
    • Photo Identification

Acting in a prudent and reasonable manner in accordance with your training received as a CERT member.

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Protection for CERT Members

Disaster Service Worker Form

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Disaster Psychology

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

  • Disaster Effects
  • Cognitive Functioning
    • Irrational, difficulty making decisions, acting out of character…
  • Physical Health
    • Exhaustion, can’t sleep, do sleep a lot …what else?
  • Interpersonal Relationship
    • Temporary or long term personality changes

What are some disaster stressors?

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Disaster Psychology

  • Range of Emotions
  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Acceptance
  • Despair
  • Hopelessness
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Disaster Psychology

  • Team Well-Being
  • CERT team leaders should:
  • Have knowledge of pre-disaster stress management.
  • Brief personnel before response.
  • Emphasize teamwork.
  • Allow opportunities for proper nutrition.
  • Encourage breaks.
  • Rotate teams, phase out workers gradually.
  • Conduct a brief discussion.
  • Arrange for a post-event debriefing.
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Review

  • Disaster Psychology Review
  • Cognitive Functioning: Many emotions: confusion, denial, anger, acceptance.
  • Physical Health: Manage the stressors. Be kind, be patient. Take care of yourself.
  • Mental Health: Be aware of what you’re feeling (PTSD, CISM).
  • Be nice.
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Review

CERT,doing the greatest good for

the greatest number of people.

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