Most volunteer organizations do not “self activate” – that is determine if they should form a response to an emergency/disaster. CERT is different. If CERT is needed to activate, it is a good assumption that there will not be adequate communication from authorities to activate CERT.
In the event of a major disaster, CERT members will follow their operations plan briefly outlined below:
- Make sure that they and their families are taken care of first.
- Check their local neighborhood, rallying as many CERT members as possible (either by phone or in person) to make a quick evaluation of their neighborhood.
- In conjunction with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), make contact with the ARES Emergency Coordinator to provide a status of casualties and damage.
- Perform triage on casualties.
- Perform first aid as necessary.
- Communicate status to ARES Emergency Coordinator.
- Perform light search and rescue as required.
- Repeat until relieved by county emergency response personnel.