Friday, April 13, 2012

New Teen CERT Materials Now Available!

FEMA CERT Update

The New Teen CERT Materials are Here!
Based on the success of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program and the demand to create tools to support the nationwide effort to train teenagers on CERT, FEMA is pleased to announce the following NEW resources:

Teen CERT web page which includes a new Public Service Announcement and Teen CERT Annexes to the CERT Basic Training and Train-the-Trainer Instructor Guides. To see the new Teen Cert web page, sign into the new CERT Online Discussion Forum!
Free National CERT Online Discussion Forum for exchanging information and ideas among CERT members across the country.

By training teens in emergency preparedness and response, you have the ability to empower our nation’s future with the skills necessary to protect themselves and assist others in the event of an emergency. Students learn basic disaster response skills including fire suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology, terrorism awareness, and disaster medical operations. Participation in CERT is an excellent opportunity for teenagers to learn preparedness and leadership skills that last a lifetime!

If you are interested in starting a Teen CERT in your school or community, contact your local CERT Program today to learn more about getting started. Additionally, if you are considering integrating youth preparedness into an existing program or want to learn more about sustaining an existing youth preparedness program, the Youth How-To-Guide serves as a great resource for guiding you through the process.

Download these materials today and share your best practices via the CERT Online Discussion Forum on the National Preparedness Coalition Website.

Registration to the discussion forum is FREE! Once online, you will find discussions about current and groundbreaking preparedness efforts from fellow CERT members across the country and information about new tools and resources such as those on the Teen CERT website! Additionally, the CERT Discussion site offers those already engaged in Teen CERT and youth preparedness to mentor and guide those who are looking to replicate your success.