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DATE: March 22, 2018 <br />C a <br />4 (��-&aaqya, <br />MEMORANDUM <br />CM2018-019 <br />TO: Honorable Mayor and City CNe <br />FROM: Konradt Bartlam, City Mana <br />RE: COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) PROGRAMS <br />At the February 13, 2018 City Council Meeting, Vice Mayor Moran asked City staff to <br />provide information on Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs. In <br />response, staff researched the purpose and history of CERT programs and contacted <br />neighboring agencies to determine their interest in developing a CERT program. <br />CERT is a training program that provides practical training and educates participants <br />about disaster preparedness for hazards that may occur in the area. CERT students <br />receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, disaster medical <br />operations, search and rescue, team organization, and victim psychology. The CERT <br />concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in <br />1985 and made available nationally by FEMA in 1993. <br />A team of first responders, and/or other qualified volunteers, typically provides CERT <br />training. CERT training requires staffing resources to prepare and deliver the program <br />and it requires a significant commitment from participants. Training is often broken up <br />into multiple two to four hour blocks over a series of meetings. Once trained, CERT <br />graduates can serve in a support role for first responders or assist others in their <br />neighborhood following an event when professional responders are not immediately <br />available. <br />In addition to the training commitment, CERT students are typically required to bring <br />safety equipment (gloves, goggles, mask) and disaster supplies (bandages, flashlight, <br />dressings) which will be used during the session and serve as a disaster response kit that <br />they will need during a disaster. As CERT students complete the training, and agree to <br />join the community emergency response effort, a CERT is formed. As the number of <br />CERT graduates grows in a community, a single community -wide team of volunteers <br />may need to be organized into a hierarchy of teams consistent with Incident Command <br />System (ICS) principles to maintain an appropriate span of control. In addition to the <br />staffing resources committed to providing training, staff or volunteer resources are <br />needed to manage CERT volunteers. <br />