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Purpose

The Cayman Islands Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programme is about strengthening community resilience through active community disaster risk management. The programme will deal with community disaster preparedness, community response and community risk assessment. The transfer of essential skills to enable a community to prepare, response and mitigate against hazards that they are vulnerable to is the foundation of the programme, hence it has an intense training component.

This training will entail basic disaster preparedness and response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Community vulnerability analysis is also included.

With proper training, knowledge gained the community will become more resilient to hazard occurrences.

Unit 1 - Communities and Disasters

The participants will receive information about:

  1. The instructors, administrative personnel and other participants.
  2. Course logistics and details.
  3. The purpose, objectives and methodology of the course.
  4. Course agenda and exercises.

Unit 2 - Community Emergency Response Teams

Upon completion of this unit the participant will be able to:

  1. Define what is a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
  2. What is the basic structure of the CERT.
  3. Administrative responsibilities of the CERT
  4. Operational activities of the CERT
  5. Identify how CERTs interrelate with the National Disaster Risk Management Office

Unit 3 - Disaster Risk Management

Upon completion of this unit the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the concepts of hazard, vulnerability risk, adverse event, disaster, emergency, incident and development.
  2. Describe the concept of Risk Management.
  3. List the areas and components of Risk Management.
  4. List the hazards that affect the Cayman Islands
  5. Understand the characteristics of hazards.
  6. Effects of Hazards on the Community

Unit 4 - Community Disaster Preparedness and Planning and Community Emergency Response Teams Deployment

The participants will receive information about:

  1. Community Disaster Planning.
    1. Creating Family Disaster Plan
    2. Assembling and Storing Survival Supplies
  2. CERTs Community Action.
  3. Preparing for CERT deployment
  4. The National Emergency Operations Centre.

Unit 5 - Vulnerability Capacity Assessment

The participants will receive information about:

  1. Assess risks and hazards facing communities and the capacities they have for dealing with them
  2. Involve communities, local authorities and humanitarian and development organizations in the assessment from the outset;
  3. Draw up action plans to prepare for and respond to the identified risks;
  4. Identify risk-reduction activities to prevent or lessen the effects of expected hazards, risks and vulnerabilities.

Unit 6 - Fire Safety and Utility Controls

In this unit you will learn about:

  1. Fire Chemistry: How fire occurs, classes of fire, and choosing the correct means to extinguish each type of fire.
  2. Fire and Utility Hazards: Potential fire and utility hazards in the home and workplace, and fire prevention strategies.
  3. CERT Sizeup: How to conduct the continual data-gathering and evaluation process at the scene of a disaster or emergency.
  4. Fire Sizeup Considerations: How to evaluate fires, assess firefighting resources, and determine a course of action.
  5. Portable Fire Extinguishers: Types of portable fire extinguishers and how to operate them.
  6. Fire Suppression Safety: How to decide if you should attempt to extinguish a fire; how to approach and extinguish a fire safely.
  7. Hazardous Materials: How to identify potentially dangerous materials in storage, in transit, and in your home.

Unit 7 - Light Search and Rescue Operations

In this unit you will learn about:

  1. Search and Rescue Sizeup: How to size up the situation in which the search and rescue teams will operate.
  2. Conducting Interior and Exterior Search Operations: How to search systematically for disaster victims.
  3. Conducting Rescue Operations: Safe techniques for lifting, leveraging, cribbing, and victim removal.

Unit 8 - Stress Management

In this unit you will learn about:

  1. An Overview of Stress Management in Disasters
  2. Psychological Responses to Traumatic Stressors
  3. A Basic Introduction to Counseling and Crisis Intervention
  4. Therapeutic Groups
  5. The Stress Management in Disasters Team

Unit 9 - Shelter Management

In this unit you will learn about:

  1. How to assist in an Emergency Shelter

Unit 10 - Initial Damage Assessment

On completion of this unit, participants will be able to:

  1. List the prerequisites for conducting a successful Initial Damage Assessment (IDA).
  2. List the types of pre-impact data that would be useful in conducting an IDA.
  3. State the factors that impact on the collection of reliable damage assessment data.
  4. Describe the seven-step process required to complete an IDA.
  5. List additional issues that may impact on IDA in the field.
  6. Describe the use of the Field Reference Guide in performing an Initial Damage Assessment.
  7. Distinguish between the five different levels of damage.
  8. Determine the level of damage to a building.
  9. Record damage assessment information in the field