Hello Sugar House,

Salt Lake City Emergency Management has just launched a series of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) classes and supplemental training courses for the residents of Sugar House. CERT educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using this training, CERT members, working under the leadership of the Salt Lake Emergency Management, can assist their neighbors and work to assist until first responders can officially take over following an emergency. CERTs will also have the opportunity to be involved in community events and be activated for local emergencies such as flooding and wildfires, etc. They can also take an active role in preparing Sugar House residences, block by block. A complete description of the entire CERT course is available on the SLC website: www.bereadyslc.com Click  on  “CERT”.

We have four different CERT classes starting in September 2014. CERT instruction is a 21 Hour course; the time is usually divided over 7 weeks, with 3 hour classes. A new option available for a group of 20 is a private CERT class at the location of your choice. Anyone can re-take any classes they wish at no cost, although they will not be able to receive class material unless they pay the training program cost. The CERT training program cost is $30 per person for residents, non-profit organizations, civic groups, etc., and $75 per person for businesses and corporations. Some businesses can lower insurance rates by have a team of 7 CERT members on staff. The program cost pays for instruction, a CERT manual, and a CERT “kit.”  CERT  kits are awarded to all students upon successful completion of the entire course on the last day of class.

CERT Starter kit (worth over $75):

1. Team Assignment info
2. One roll cloth dressing tape
3. CERT Field Operation Guide
4. Safety googles
5. Dust masks
6. Survival rescue blanket
7. One pair vinyl gloves
8. EMT shears
9. One pair leather work gloves
10. CERT Badge and Certificate
11. Whistle with compass and waterproof match container
12. Two gauze bandage rolls 4.5 in wide x 4.1 yards long x 6 ply thick
13. Reflective yellow vest with CERT logo
14. Green hard hat with CERT logo and elastic strap
15. Lumber crayon for marking house doors
16. 4 in 1 tool to shut off gas & water, pry open doors, and dig thru debris 17. 8-LED head lamp for hard hat
18. Large duffel bag with CERT logo
19. Two triangular bandages 3 ft. x 3 ft. x 4.5 ft.
20. Two sterile gauze dressing pads 4 in x 4 in

Payment is available online at www.bereadyslc.com. The payment can be made online following the online class registration. If not paying online, payment must be made the first night of class in the form of a check or money order payable to Salt Lake City Corp. Cash cannot be accepted. Additional training is available to all CERT graduates.

If you have already taken CERT here or elsewhere, please register with SLC CERT to join and have further opportunities to participate with us. This can be done by contacting Susan Collier, our area CERT Supervisor. She will update or add you to the Salt Lake City CERT registry. She can also offer free preparedness classes, or help with preparedness fairs.

Like us on our NEW Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SLCCERT by August 31 and you will be entered to win a $50 gift card! You will also get all the invites to CERT drills and practices by following us online.

If you need help going online to join or schedule a class, or any questions please contact us.

Susan Collier, Volunteer
Salt Lake City CERT
SE Division Supervisor
Cell 801-513-4848 scollier78@gmail.com Facebook: Salt Lake City CERT

John Flynt
Preparedness Coordinator Salt Lake City Office
Of Emergency Management (801)799-3604 john.flynt@slcgov.com

Website: www.bereadyslc.com

Landon Clark