Dec 19, 2013 at 02:18 PM

Santa Barbara County CERT Corps 2014 CERT Academy

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The Santa Barbara County CERT Corps is launching a CERT Academy in 2014. The Academy is designed to provide a progressive training program over nine (9) months, beginning January 8th, that will enable graduates of the basic CERT course to be better trained members of our local CERT volunteer community.

To participate in the CERT Academy, you must have completed a CERT Program, as well as FEMA Independent Study Courses: IS 100, IS 200 and IS 700.

For more information contact Yoli McClinchy - (805) 965-5254

Santa Barbara County CERT Academy Courses:

The CERT Academy curriculum includes both new material and advanced versions of information taught in the basic CERT course. Online FEMA courses ICS 100, 200 and 700 will also be required, with specific in-person modules developed for the Spanish CERT attendees. Academy courses will be taught on the following dates at Santa Barbara City Fire Station 1, 121 W. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, 93101 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

January 8, 2014 CERT Tools For Leadership Success: Learning objectives include: 1) how CERT Basic Training concepts relate to leadership; 2) the characteristics, skills and responsibilities of team leaders, and how leaders and team members interact; 3) different styles of leadership and how they apply to CERT situations; and, 4) examples of how CERT leaders run successful team operations.

February 12, 2014 CERT Team Organization and Documentation: Learning objectives include: 1) how CERT is organized; 2) how CERTs interrelate with the Incident Command System framework; and, 3) documentation requirements for effective CERT team operations

March 12, 2014 CERT Emergency Communications: Learning objectives include: 1) the role of CERT in communications during activation; 2) how to use a communications plan; 3) the use of different communication modes and strategies; and, 4) how to use communication devices.

April 9, 2014 Psychological First Aid: Learning objectives include: 1) the post-disaster emotional environment; 2) the step that rescuers can take to relieve their own stressors and those of disaster survivors; and, 3) techniques for team leaders to employ.

May 14, 2014 Disaster Medical Operations Review: In this class, CERT members will participate in a hands-on session designed to refresh their skills in: 1) triage evaluation procedures; 2) treating life-threatening conditions; 3) head-to-toe patient assessments; 4) setting up medical treatment areas; and, 5) medical aid for a variety of conditions.

June 11, 2014 Light Search and Rescue Operations Review: In this class, CERT members will participate in a hands-on session (‘mini’ drill) designed to refresh their skills in: 1) the ‘sizeup’ requirements for potential search and rescue operations; 2) the most common and effective techniques for searching a structure; 3) safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication; and, 4) considerations in maintaining rescuer safety during light search and rescue operations.

July 9, 2014 CERT Social: Fun mixer for CERTs throughout the county

August 13, 2014 CERT Exercise Planning: Learning objectives include: 1) FEMA Exercise guidance; 2) criteria for well-designed CERT exercises; 3) steps and documents used in designing and conducting an exercise, and, 4) challenges and smart practices for conducting a CERT Exercise

September, 2014 Annual Countywide CERT Drill: date and location to be determined.

October 8, 2014 Navigating Language and Cultural Barriers in Preparedness: Learning objectives include: 1) how to work effectively with other CERTs from diverse cultural backgrounds; and, 2) considerations in providing culturally competent care and advancing preparedness for culturally diverse communities.

November 13, 2014 Working with People with Access and Functional Needs: Learning objectives include: 1) how to effectively integrate CERTs with access and functional needs into CERT teams; and, 2) considerations in providing competent care for people with access and functional needs.

December 10, 2014 CERT Social: Academy graduation and recognition ceremony with mixer

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