Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can enroll in Pleasant Hill’s CERT Training program?
  2. How long is the CERT Training program?
  3. Where is the training held?
  4. What will I learn in the CERT Training program?
  5. After I complete the CERT course, how can I stay involved and learn new skills?
  6. Where is my CERT Assembly Area?
  7. What actions should I take following an earthquake?
  8. My neighbors don’t want to take the entire CERT class, how can I provide them with basic skills to help each other following an earthquake?
  9. What is the Disaster Service Worker Program?

 

Q. Who can enroll in Pleasant Hill’s CERT Training program?

A. Residents of Pleasant Hill and residents who live in the unincorporated areas adjoining the City of Pleasant Hill who are 14 years of age or older. There are no physical requirements. The CERT model allows for people of all skill levels to participate.

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Q. How long is the CERT Training program?

A. The program’s classes are held on the same weekday for six consecutive weeks with a final hands-on exercise held about a week or two later.

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Q. Where is the training held?

A. The training is held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church Academy, 800 Grayson Rd, Pleasant Hill

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Q. What will I learn in the CERT Training program?

A. The training program covers the following subjects:

  • Emergency Preparedness – The class starts with a review of recent disasters and emergencies; Discussion on disasters and the role of Disaster Service Workers; The impact a disaster has on the community infrastructure; Identifying structural and nonstructural hazards; Hazard mitigation; Home and Workplace Preparedness, Community Preparedness and Protections for Disaster Service Workers
  • Fire Safety – You will learn about fire chemistry; reducing fire hazards in your home and workplace; identify different types of hazardous materials; how to size up a fire and how to address it safely.
  • Emergency Medical Operations – You will learn about public health considerations; how to setup and operate a field medical operations; triage victims; conduct head to toe assessments; treat burns; treat and splint broken bones, sprains and strains; care for wounds and treat hypothermia
  • Light Search and Rescue – You will learn how to determine if a structure is safe to enter; conduct search operations and rescue operations.
  • The CERT Organization – You will learn about how the CERT Organization functions during a disaster and how it integrates with local governmental agencies; CERT decision making and the documentation required for every event
  • Disaster Psychology – Disasters can take a heavy toll on both rescuers and victims. You will learn techniques for self and team well-being and how to work with survivor’s trauma
  • Terrorism and CERT – There will be class discussion on: What is Terrorism; Terrorist Targets; Types of Weapons used; Techniques for observing your surrounding and the environment; preparing at home and work; and CERT and Terrorist Incidents

Many of the skills learned in the classroom will be reinforced during a final exercise that allows students to apply their newly learned skills during a simulated disaster situation.

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Q. After I complete the CERT course, how can I stay involved and learn new skills?

A. You will have several opportunities to further your skills and to network with neighbors who are fellow CERT grads. Each month, there will be a meeting hosted by one of the Pleasant Hill CERT Area Coordinators. At this meeting you will meet fellow grads and there will be a hands-on teaching point from the CERT course to refresh your skills. Quarterly, there will be a Saturday morning 3 1/2 hour hands-on training session geared toward a CERT skill not taught in the class. Annually, there will be a citywide exercise that simulates a CERT response to a local disaster. All of these will be announced on this website.

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Q. Where is my CERT Assembly Area?

A. Pleasant Hill is divided into four different areas, each of which has a primary meeting location and at least one alternate meeting location.  Refer to the large map to find your area.

 

Pleasant Hill City Area Map - Download (8.9 MB)

 

Pleasant Hill Northeast

  • Primary - St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
  • Alternate - Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill Northwest

  • Primary - Hope Covenant Christian Church
  • Alternate - Winslow Center

Pleasant Hill Southeast

  • Primary -  Pleasant Hill Park
  • Alternate - Sequoia Middle School
  • Alternate - Pleasant Oaks Park

Pleasant Hill Southwest

  • Primary -  Pleasant Hill Academy (Seventh Day Adventist Church)
  • Alternate -  Oak Park Christian Center

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Q. What actions should I take following an earthquake?

A. The most important thing to do is to proceed safely and smartly as you were taught in your CERT classes. First of all, assess your family for injuries and your home for damage and take the necessary steps to keep your family safe and your home from further damage. Once you are assured that your family is safe and your home is safe following the quakes impact, broaden your circle of influence by assisting your neighbors. Once you are comfortable that your neighborhood is safe for you to leave, report to your Assembly Area to help out in areas that have sustained damage. Make sure you bring your CERT backpack, vest, and hardhat.

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Q. My neighbors don’t want to take the entire CERT class, how can I provide them with basic skills to help each other following an earthquake?

A. You are absolutely on the right track…following a major disaster, neighbors jump in to help their fellow neighbors. How can they do this safely, smartly, and effectively? Your Pleasant Hill CERT organization has the ability to teach a 3-hour program for your neighbors in your home. This program, “Map Your Neighborhood” was developed by LuAnn Johnson, PhD, Public Education Manager, Washington State Emergency Management and teaches the most important neighborhood disaster readiness and response skills…..neighbors looking out for their neighbor. Contact Gordon Doughty at 925 933-3275 to schedule a “Map Your Neighborhood” meeting.

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Q. What is the Disaster Service Worker Program?

A. The Disaster Service Worker Program was created as the result of legislation to provide worker’s compensation benefits to registered Disaster Service Worker (DSW) volunteers who are injured while participating in authorized disaster-related activities, including pre-approved training. Disaster service, as defined for the Program, is designed to aid in the response and recovery phases in a disaster or emergency. It does not include the day-to-day emergency response activities typically associated with, for example, law enforcement, fire services or emergency medical services. The program also provides limited immunity from liability. All CERT volunteers must be sworn-in as Disaster Service Workers by the community in which they will respond. Currently, all new CERT students take the oath on the first day of class. If you have not taken the oath, you may do so at the next Quarterly or Annual training exercise.

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