Following a major disaster, professional first responders who provide fire and medical services may not be able to fully meet the demand for services. Factors such as communications failures, road blockages, and the number of victims, may prevent people from accessing the emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice when 911 is called. People will need to rely on each other to meet the immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining needs, particularly in isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off from main roads for a period of time.
CERT - Community Emergency Response Team
The CERT program was developed in 1985 by the Los Angeles City Fire Department to provide basic training in safety and lifesaving skills to the general public. It has since been adopted and enhanced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Fire Academy. The course is now recognized nationwide, and over 50,000 citizens have been trained to date.
The purpose of Malibu CERT is to assist the City, as needed, with emergency disaster response in Malibu and the surrounding communities, and to promote disaster preparedness to all residents.
At its Regular meeting on August 28, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 17-32, which established the CERT Program Guidelines, clarifying the role and responsibilities of Malibu CERT by outlining the requirements to become a member of the team, organizational structure, team responsibilities, ongoing participation requirements, and activation procedures.
CERT classes contain the following modules:
- Disaster Preparedness
- Fire Suppression
- Medical Class #1
- Medical Class #2
- Light Search and Rescue
- Team Organization and Disaster Psychology
- Course Review and Disaster Simulation Drill
The next CERT training opportunity is set to take place in May:
- Saturdays, May 11th, 18th, and 25th
- 10 AM to 4 PM
- Malibu City Hall
To receive notification of future CERT training or other emergency preparedness classes offered by the City, go to MalibuCity.org/news and subscribe to the Emergency Preparedness Calendar.