Search & Rescue (SAR) in Community Disasters

Are You Trained and Prepared to Search and Rescue in Community Disasters?
Are You Trained and Prepared to Search and Rescue in Community Disasters?

Anne Arundel – Annapolis CERT is pleased to host “Search and Rescue in Community Disasters” presented by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

The Search and Rescue in Community Disasters course provides training for community members to safely conduct search and light rescue response to aid their family and neighbors in the immediate aftermath
of a natural catastrophe, technological accident, or human-caused incident. The course is intended for members of the whole community and draws on information and lessons learned from a variety of disaster incidents such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and man-made events for discussion points. The course also uses hands-on training to demonstrate best practices for effective search and light rescue, which can be used in both residential and commercial environments.

– Developing a mindset to prepare, act and survive in a disaster involving your community
– Using survival strategies to rescue and care for yourself, your family, and your pets during and in the immediate aftermath of an event
– Providing assistance in the search, light rescue, care, and safety of your neighbors

The target audience encompasses the whole community, including, but not restricted to:
Religious Organizations
Volunteer Fire Departments
Community Emergency Response Teams
Youth Organizations
American Red Cross and other Non- Governmental Organizations
Other Interested Members of the Community

FEMA / SID Number
Students must register and bring a copy of their SID number to class.
Register online:

Course Length 1 1/2 Days (12 hours)
2015 October 14 – 18:00 – 22:00
2015 October 15 – 08:00 – 17:00
Anne Arundel County Fire Academy
415 Maxwell Frye Road
Millersville, MD 21108

Lunch on Saturday is on your own and it is recommended that you brown bag it! Water will be provided.

Register through the Eventbrite box on the right of this post.

Questions, contact us through the contact form.



“Back to Basics, Neighbors Helping Neighbors”

DATE: Saturday, 24 September and Sunday 25 September
LOCATION: Saturday, 24 September events will be held at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.
Sunday, 25 September, the training will be held at the Lorton Training Site (instructions will be available during Saturday’s event).
COST: $11.54 ($10.00 plus $1.54 registration fee)

CERTCON 2016 is hosted by Fairfax, VA CERT

HOTEL INFO: Hilton Springfield, 6550 Loisdale Road, Springfield, VA 22150. PH: 703-971-8900.
The hotel had a limited number of rooms set aside for attendees however, these rooms are SOLD OUT. However, if you are a Hilton Honors member the rate is less than the conference discounted rate for the room. If you are willing to pay for the rooms in advance (non-refundable) they are even less expensive.

Additional details will be furnished as the plans are finalized.



Basic CERT Class: Fall 2016

Dates have been released and registration is open!


Thursday, 15 September, 1800 – 2100
Saturday, 17 September, 0900 – 1200
Tuesday, 20 September, 1800 – 2100
Thursday, 22 September, 1800 – 2100
Thursday, 29 September, 1800 – 2100
Saturday, 1 October, 0800 – 1230 (final exercise)

Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy
415 Maxwell Frye Road
Millersville, MD 21108

Register here

Classmates put their training to work in an exercise.

CERT Basic Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself and to help others in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using your CERT training to save lives and protect property. This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice, and by working as a team, you will be able to protect yourself and do the greatest good for the greatest number after a disaster.

The purpose of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training is to provide the individuals who complete this course with the basic skills that they will need to respond to their community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available. By working together, CERT members can assist in saving lives and protecting property using the basic techniques in this course. The target audience for this course is individuals who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster. Medical or EMT experience is not required.

Fee: $55.00 to cover the cost of the training manual, disposable first aid training supplies, and a CERT backpack.

Lunch: On your own – suggest that you bring a bag lunch however, there are several fast food restaurants nearby.

Attendees are required to attend all sessions to complete the class and obtain a certificate. For questions, please contact

Overall Course Objectives
Upon completing this course, the participants should be able to:

Describe the types of hazards that are most likely to affect their homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods.
2. Take steps to prepare themselves and their families for a disaster.
3. Describe the functions of CERTs and their role in immediate response.
4. Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods.
5. Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a pan fire.
6. Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling excessive bleeding, and treating for shock.
7. Conduct triage under simulated disaster conditions.
8. Perform head-to-toe patient assessments.
9. Select and set up a treatment area.
10.Employ basic treatments for various injuries and apply splints to suspected fractures and sprains.
11.Identify planning and sizeup requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
12.Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.
13.Work as a team to apply safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
14.Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue operations.
15.Describe the post-disaster emotional environment and the steps that rescuers can take to relieve their own stressors and those of disaster survivors.
16.Describe CERT organization and documentation requirements. In addition to the overall course objectives listed above, each unit has specific objectives.

Course Outline

Unit – 1 Disaster Preparedness
– Introductions and Overview
– Community Preparedness: Roles and Responsibilities
– Hazards and Their Potential Impact
– Impact on the Infrastructure
– Home and Workplace Preparedness
– Reducing the Impact of Hazards Through Mitigation
– CERT Disaster Response
– Protection for Disaster Workers
– Additional Training for CERTs
– Unit Summary

Unit – 2 Fire Safety and Utility Controls
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– Fire Chemistry
– Fire and Utility Hazards
– CERT Sizeup
– Fire Sizeup Considerations
– Firefighting Resources
– Fire Suppression Safety
– Hazardous Materials
– Exercise: Suppressing Small Fires
– Unit Summary

Unit – 3 Disaster Medical Operations — Part 1
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– Treating Life-Threatening Conditions
– Triage
– Unit Summary

Unit – 4 Disaster Medical Operations — Part 2
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– Public Health Considerations
– Functions of Disaster Medical Operations
– Establishing Medical Treatment Areas
– Conducting Head-to-Toe Assessments
– Treating Burns
– Wound Care
– Treating Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains, and Strains
– Nasal Injuries
– Treating Cold-Related Injuries
– Treating Heat-Related Injuries
– Bites and Stings
– Unit Summary

Unit – 5 Light Search and Rescue Operations
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– Safety During Search and Rescue Operations
– Conducting Interior and Exterior Search Operations
– Conducting Rescue Operations
– Unit Summary

Unit – 6 CERT Organization
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– CERT Organization
– CERT Mobilization
– Documentation
– Activity: ICS Functions
– Activity: Tabletop Exercise
– Unit Summary

Unit – 7 Disaster Psychology
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– Disaster Trauma
– Team Well-Being
– Working with Survivors’ Trauma
– Unit Summary

Unit – 8 Terrorism and CERT
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– What Is Terrorism?
– Terrorist Targets
– Terrorist Weapons
– CBRNE Indicators
– Preparing at Home, Work, and in Your Neighborhood
– CERTs and Terrorist Incidents
– Activity: Applying CERT Principles to a Suspected Terrorist Incident
– Unit Summary

Unit – 9 Functional Needs, Course Review, Final Exam, and Disaster Simulation
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– Course Review
– Final Exam
– Disaster Simulation
Exercise Critique and Summary

We look forward to having you!

Course dates/times/content subject to change. Changes will be made on this blog post.

Threat Considerations for Faith-based Communities and the Community at Large Seminar

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) would like to pass along the following training announcement:

Training Title: Threat Considerations for Faith-based Communities and the Community at Large Seminar

Sponsors: Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI)
Baltimore Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
InfraGard Maryland Members Alliance

Location: Garrett College

Fine Arts Theater
687 Mosser road
McHenry, MD 21541

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost: $25.00

Registration link

Training Description: This one-day seminar is designed to provide the community and faith-based organizations a look at the the totality of mass casualty events, commonly referred to as “active shooters.” The day will examine indicators prior to the event, the realities of the actual event, and the expectation during post-event situations. This seminar is particularly designed for leadership, facilitator, administrator, supervisory, and first responder roles while also open to interested personnel.

For more information regarding the agenda and overnight accommodations please visit the event registration page (link located above).

This seminar will also be offered in Annapolis on September 21st and the Eastern Shore in the fall.

Pre-Requisites: N/A

**For Questions or more information contact Doug Rike (, InfraGard Maryland Program Director.

Annapolis OEM 7th annual Emergency Preparedness Exercise

The City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Mannapolis OEManagement is conducting its 7th annual City Wide Emergency Preparedness Exercise on August 25, 2016 from 9am-2pm at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center, located at 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis.  They need 100 volunteers to act as disaster victims in a shelter.  If you are under age 18, you must come with a legal guardian.  Don’t worry about lunch.  Grilled burgers and hot dogs with chips will be available to volunteers.  Have fun and help your city with this important planning exercise!  Interested in volunteering?  Contact Lauren Miller at or by calling 410-216-9167.

Anne Arundel County Emergency Preparedness Expo: Blood Drive Participants

We are expanding this year’s Anne Arundel County Emergency Preparedness Expo to include a Blood Drive. In preparation, American Red bloodCross has asked for a list of participants to demonstrate the interest.

As you may know, the Anne Arundel County Emergency Preparedness Expo is on September 10, 2016 at the Marley Station Mall and the County is exicted to partner with the American Red Cross to sponsor a Blood Drive.

If you or family/friends are interested in donating blood on September 10th, please send an email to with your name(s) and email address.

Thank you for you support!!

DC CERT Class, July 2016

The DC CERT program has new management and has started up CERT classes.

Summer 2016 Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)courses will continue in July.  Courses will start on Thursday, July 7th and wrap up with a final practical exercise on Saturday, July 30, 2016.  The course will be held in the District of Columbia, on Thursday evenings from 7 PM – 9 PM and Saturday mornings from 9 AM – 1 PM.

It is a free event and additional information is listed on Eventbrite.

And, just in case you have not yet registered for CERTEX PGC 2016 FE

Amtrak Passenger Train Emergency Response Training

Register here.Amtrak

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

5700 Berwyn Road
Berwyn Heights, MD 20740

This 4-hour classroom course gives orientation to the following:

  • Overview of railroad operations in general; passenger train operations in particular
  • Passenger car construction
  • Passenger evacuation
  • Forcible entry & extrication
  • Locomotive propulsion systems
  • Train crew orientation
  • Hazards: electrical & pneumatic and others
  • On-board emergency equipment
  • Location & use of emergency exit windows & doors
  • Search & rescue and fire suppression
  • Typical train consists and passenger loads
  • Hazardous materials

Clinton CERTEX PGC 2016

Clinton CERT is once again hosting a Functional Exercise, CERTEX PGC 2016 FE. This year’s exercise will be held at:
Clinton Baptist Church
8701 Woodyard Road
Clinton, MD 20735
June 25, 2016
7am – 100pm.

Clinton CERT is looking for CERT responders, controllers, evaluators, site-support, and victim-actors to play injured people at a mass casualty exercise. (Victim-actors should wear clothes they do not mind getting very dirty and they also have the opportunity to have disaster make-up (moulage) applied by professional moulage artists for the event.) They are especially in need of moulage appliers. Prince George’s County needs you to make this event a success.

Please register on Eventbrite, at: if you would like to assist the county with disaster preparedness.

Feel free to share this information with family, friends, and coworkers. Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided – FREE!!!

Point of Contact: Paula M. Hughes
President, CERT of Clinton, MD

New Online Course: Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering a new self-paced, independent study course, Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster.

This course explores how religious and cultural communities are engaged during disasters, how religious and cultural diversity and practice is protected by law, and how religious and cultural diversity can strengthen emergency management capabilities.  It provides emergency management professionals and faith and community leaders active in disaster with literacy and competency tools to engage religious and cultural groups both pre- and post-disaster.

The course was developed to support partnerships between the first responders and faith-based and community organizations to more effectively serve disaster survivors in their time of need.