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Community Disaster Preparedness Training

Ashland Fire & Rescue’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training culminates Saturday, October 21 with a mock disaster simulation from 1-4pm involving many area elementary, middle and high school students role-playing disaster victims. The mock disaster will be a simulated earthquake. Trainees will need to use the knowledge and skills obtained during the free intensive training to rescue the injured, treat injuries, transport injured safely, and assist patients with coping and with extended care as if it were a true disaster. Disaster victims have a role and will provided assistance in acting out that role with make-up, fake blood and other injuries, and screaming. 

This training opportunity not only includes medical operations in a disaster, but also search and rescue and fire suppression which is believed to be of utmost value given current events. Trainees also learn the Incident Command System, precautions for encountering hazardous materials, signs of terrorism or other unlawful acts, an understanding of the physiological and psychological effects both response personnel and disaster survivors may exhibit, and general personal preparedness including making a disasters supplies kit for evacuating or sheltering in place, creating a family emergency communications plan, and being informed and how to further get involved in community preparedness. 

Ashland’s Community Emergency Response Team program prides itself in being one of the most successful programs in the nation with a core competency of preparing our community to endure disasters through a systematic and community-minded approach allowing trainees to develop skills and harness inner capabilities making our community more resilient. 

Created in 1999 after the community experienced a severe flood on New Year day 1997, Ashland's CERT program has trained more than 785 volunteers to be better prepared during disaster, making Ashland's CERT program one of the most successful in the nation, according to CERT officials. 
For more information contact Ashland CERT at 541-552-2226   www.ashlandcert.org
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