On June 24, 19 Fort Bend County residents tested their skills and organization in a simulated disaster exercise after they completed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training offered at the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management hosted by Sri Sathya Sai.
The two day intensive training covered Disaster Preparedness, Fire Suppression, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue and Team Organization. Simulations and exercises provided students with hands-on experience that helped them hone their newly acquired knowledge and skills. This course included the Medical Reserve Corp Basic Orientation taught by Christine Rabe of the Homeland Preparedness Project.
“It was encouraging to see so many members of our diverse community come together and train for service,” said Edward Norman, a Planning Coordinator for the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management. “These folks worked hard and practiced service with humility and compassion; it was a great experience for all of us.”
At the conclusion of the course, the participants tested their skills and organization in a simulated disaster exercise. Community members from Jane Long Elementary, Kickstart Kids and the Sugar Land Civil Air Patrol acted as “victims” for the CERT members to rescue in their exercise. The team demonstrated their skills in search and rescue, disaster medical and triage, and incident command as they worked the scene to locate, extract, and treat victims.
Jeff Braun, Emergency Management Coordinator hosted a graduation ceremony where certificates and volunteer badges were presented to the new team members. Braun remarked, “We’re excited to have these individuals join hundreds of others who have been trained by our office to respond for their neighbors and care for loved ones in a disaster.”
The Community Emergency Response Team program is sponsored by Fort Bend County and facilitated through the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management. For more information on the County’s Community Emergency Response Teams, visit cert.fbcoem.org or contact the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management.