Even small fires can be daunting for someone who has never faced them and never used a fire extinguisher. CERT members are trained to recognize different fire sources and the types of extinguishing agents that can safely and quickly be used to smother a fire. Hands-
In a major earthquake, there’s no doubt that the shaking will cause catastrophic damage. However, the fires that will follow from broken gas pipes will cause even more. CERT members are taught how to quickly and safely turn off gas valves, so that property damage will not be even more pronounced.
CERT volunteers learn simple yet proven techniques that can save someone’s life. Whether it is learning how to use pressure bandages or splints, CERT members practice learning how to recognize the difference between painful, yet non-
CERT does not self-
If deployed in a major event, CERT members will find that their training in light search and rescue will be one of the most utilized skills. Members receive training in how to quickly and safely extricate victims, all while assessing medical needs the injured may have.
CERT members don’t only learn how to take care of themselves and their families, although that is a major aim of the Loma Linda CERT program. During training, members learn how to work as efficient teams also, problem solving, using personal skills and even muscles that when combined, are greater than one member may have on their own. In an actual emergency, this teamwork will be very important in accomplishing tasks that one person could not do alone.
San Bernardino County Launches Disaster Preparedness App
Residents encouraged to use ‘Ready SB’ before, during, and after emergencies
The new App “Ready SB”, provides residents with multiple resources that will assist them in preparing for a disaster. Ready SB is now available as a free download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and can immediately help residents prepare themselves for emergencies.
Remember: Disasters don’t plan ahead. But you can…