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CM2018-019 CERT PROGRAMSDATE: March 22, 2018 C a 4 (��-&aaqya, MEMORANDUM CM2018-019 TO: Honorable Mayor and City CNe FROM: Konradt Bartlam, City Mana RE: COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) PROGRAMS At the February 13, 2018 City Council Meeting, Vice Mayor Moran asked City staff to provide information on Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs. In response, staff researched the purpose and history of CERT programs and contacted neighboring agencies to determine their interest in developing a CERT program. CERT is a training program that provides practical training and educates participants about disaster preparedness for hazards that may occur in the area. CERT students receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, team organization, and victim psychology. The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985 and made available nationally by FEMA in 1993. A team of first responders, and/or other qualified volunteers, typically provides CERT training. CERT training requires staffing resources to prepare and deliver the program and it requires a significant commitment from participants. Training is often broken up into multiple two to four hour blocks over a series of meetings. Once trained, CERT graduates can serve in a support role for first responders or assist others in their neighborhood following an event when professional responders are not immediately available. In addition to the training commitment, CERT students are typically required to bring safety equipment (gloves, goggles, mask) and disaster supplies (bandages, flashlight, dressings) which will be used during the session and serve as a disaster response kit that they will need during a disaster. As CERT students complete the training, and agree to join the community emergency response effort, a CERT is formed. As the number of CERT graduates grows in a community, a single community -wide team of volunteers may need to be organized into a hierarchy of teams consistent with Incident Command System (ICS) principles to maintain an appropriate span of control. In addition to the staffing resources committed to providing training, staff or volunteer resources are needed to manage CERT volunteers. March 22, 2018 CM2018-019 Page Two City staff met with representatives from the Chino Valley Independent Fire District (CVIFD) to gauge their interest in developing a CERT program. CVIFD staff expressed their willingness to participate in a City initiated CERT program. However, CVIFD staff commented that the development of a CERT program would likely require additional staffing resources and direct funding from the City. CVIFD staff is currently engaged in a variety of alternative emergency preparedness efforts that are available to groups/organizations within the City including: • First Aid • CPR with AED • Hands only CPR • First Care Provider • Ready, Set, Go • Fire Extinguisher Training • General Fire & Life Safety Presentations • Active Shooter Training • Remembering When Program - Fire & Fall Prevention for Seasoned Adults. City staff also contacted City of Chino's Emergency Preparedness staff to gauge their interest in CERT. Chino has no immediate plans to develop a CERT program and like CVIFD, is focusing their efforts on providing alternative emergency preparedness training to the public. The City of Chino Hills has a similar approach to its neighbors. Currently the City's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator is focused on providing a variety of emergency preparedness programs to the community, including: • Presentation of disaster preparedness information to Neighborhood Watch groups • Coordination and presentation of the Annual Disaster Preparedness workshop during September's National Preparedness Month • Facilitation of the National Night Out program to increase community engagement • Developing disaster preparedness outreach material for distribution to the community • Participation in disaster preparedness community outreach at the CVIFD Open House • Attending Chino's Chino Valley Managing Emergencies Together meetings that include numerous agencies from Chino Valley to collaborate and plan for emergencies. While CERT programs offer valuable training, they have a more limited appeal because of the significant commitments required from the provider and the participant. City staff recommends that developing emergency preparedness programming for distribution to the community is the most efficient and effective way of increasing emergency preparedness and resiliency in the community. Additionally, staff plans to work closely with CVIFD and the City of Chino to coordinate emergency preparedness efforts and leverage existing training. Should you have any questions, please contact Benjamin Montgomery, Assistant City Manager, or me. KB:BM:ssr