Fall, 2019 Basic Course

posted May 17, 2019, 6:05 PM by Tri-County CERT   [ updated May 17, 2019, 6:20 PM ]

The June 1st class is full.  The next Tri-County CERT Basic Course will be in the fall of 2019.  The date will be posted here later.

Basic CERT Course

posted Mar 23, 2019, 9:12 PM by Tri-County CERT   [ updated May 1, 2019, 6:53 AM ]

The next Tri-County CERT Basic Course will be June 1, 2019. To register for the course go here.  
It is an all-day class that goes for 9 - 10 hours and you do have to be at least 19 to take the course. 

CERT Basic Course

posted Aug 13, 2018, 7:44 PM by Tri-County CERT   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 9:12 PM ]

The next Tri-County CERT Basic Course will be September 29, 2018. To register for the course go here. Registration closes September 15th. 
It is an all-day class that goes for 8-9 hours and you do have to be at least 19 to take the course. 

CERT Basic Course Spring 2018

posted Nov 26, 2017, 8:16 PM by Tri-County CERT   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 7:21 PM ]

The next Tri-County CERT Basic Course will be 14 April 2018.  It is an all-day class.   You must be 19 years old to take the course.  You are required to take the FEMA IS-317 online course before coming to the training.  To sign up for training or get more information about CERT please send an email to tricountycert@gmail.com.

CERT Basic Training Course - Oct. 21, 2017

posted Jan 31, 2017, 4:20 PM by Tri-County CERT   [ updated May 9, 2017, 7:28 AM ]

Tri-County CERT will be offering a CERT Basic Course.  It will be Saturday, October 21, 2017 and will be an all day class..  In the class you will learn how to take care of yourself, your family and your neighbors.  There is hands on training during the course.

If you are interested or want more information please send an email to  tricountycert@gmail.com.  Space is limited.

You  have to be at least 19 years old to take the course and there is a FEMA online course that is required to be taken before the training course. .

Tri-County CERT did an outreach program at Children's Hospital

posted May 1, 2016, 6:53 PM by Tri-County CERT

Tri-County CERT participated in an outreach program at Children's Hospital on April 13, 2016.  We were there from 11AM to 7PM.  We talked to people about CERT and the CERT Basic Course.

They were told the CERT Basic Course helps them learn how to take care of themselves, their families and their neighbors.  After they take the training if they want to they can join CERT and get more training on how they can help their community.

There were brochures for them to take that told them how to prepare for an emergency.  They tell them how they need to have flashlights, batteries, battery operated radio's, have enough canned food for everyone in their family for at least 3 days, have enough water for everyone in their family for at least 3 days and if they have pets have food and water for them.

We also had beads, coloring sheets, pencils and crayons for the children.

We want to thank Children's Hospital for inviting us to this event.

TRI-County CERT assisted in POD's

posted May 1, 2016, 6:38 PM by Tri-County CERT   [ updated May 3, 2016, 5:48 PM ]

.Tri-County CERT participated in a Douglas County and Sarpy County POD's (point of dispensing).  On March 3, 2016 there were Region wide POD exercises held in Douglas County and Sarpy County.  The Douglas County and Sarpy County Health Departments were in charge of it to practice if we have an anthrax event. 

The one in Douglas County was held at Metro Community South campus in the morning.  There were 4 CERT members who participated in it and helped with traffic control.

The one in Sarpy County was held at Bellevue East High School gym in the afternoon.  There were 9 CERT members who participated in it and helped with registering volunteers, checking volunteers out, helping dispense the medication (candy)  being runners and communications.  There were also members of MRC (Medical Reserve Corp) who dispensed the medication (candy).  They had approximately 600 people go through the POD in 30 minutes.

This was a great exercise to see how CERT can help during one of these and to see how any people we can handle in a short amount of time.

Tri-County CERT participated in the Triennial full-scale disaster exercise for metro first responders

posted Oct 5, 2015, 4:44 PM by Tri-County CERT   [ updated May 3, 2016, 5:47 PM ]

OMAHA, Neb. —Emergency responders were sent to Omaha's Eppley Airfield Saturday morning --- except there wasn't a real emergency. It was for a disaster training exercise made possible by 33 organizations.

"First responders need this in order to be able to assist appropriately for the real deal," said Tim Conahan, chief of police for Omaha Airport Authority.

More than 160 volunteers participated in the triennial full-scale disaster exercise. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that all airports conduct such in order to test their emergency plans.

Five police agencies, four fire departments, and over 11 area hospitals participated in the drill.

"It hurts your heart," said Brenda Christensen, a volunteer. "You're thinking how that could be your family. What if they were in a plane crash? There's nothing you can do."

Some volunteer victims had leg injuries; some with arm injuries. Others had body parts severed. The worse case scenario was a victim dead on scene.

"We take it very seriously because we learn a lot of things from it," said Conahan. "Just in case this was to ever happen in real life, everyone wants to be prepared to be able to handle it."

Saturday's drill allowed all agencies to test response and recovery plans as well. Specifically, the fire departments were able to test their ability to coordinate with multiple agencies during a mass disaster. Officials placed a heavy focus on triage, treatment, and transport.

"I feel more comfortable now --- if this were to happen," said Connor Gelvin, a volunteer. "They should also feel more comfortable (after training) as well."

Becoming at ease to all situations is on the forefront of the drill's mission. For law enforcement, the exercise is used to test their policy and procedures for handling a mass casualty event. They'll have to assess how they coordinate with local and federal agencies, fire departments and the media.

Conahan says he's thankful for opportunities like this: "This allows first responders a chance to get a lot of information out of scenarios like these while also making sure everything is going the way we want it to go."

Tri-County CERT registered all of the volunteers who participated in this exercise.  There were two CERT members at the terminal helping with the volunteers who were playing like they were family members to people on the plane.  CERT also checked out all of the volunteers to make sure everyone was accounted for.

Twitter and Facebook

posted Jul 20, 2015, 5:13 PM by Tri-County CERT   [ updated May 3, 2016, 5:51 PM ]

We are now on Twitter and Facebook.

On Twitter we are - Tri_County_CERT.

On Facebook we are - Tri-County CERT.

Come and join us on both.

Tri-County CERT participates in an active shooter exercise

posted Jun 13, 2015, 10:34 AM by Tri-County CERT   [ updated Jun 23, 2015, 11:43 AM ]

Sarpy County Neb. – Local emergency responders tested their skills Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the Papillion – La Vista South High School.  The exercise scenario was an active shooter on school campus.  As emergency crews were showcasing their skills, so was the Tri-County CERT Team.  Emergency managers throughout the region assisted in training the CERT members in the Rapid Tag and Mobile Express systems.  The systems are used to provide accountability of responders and resource tracking during any type of community emergency.  Team members tracked the participation of all responders and players during the exercise.  CERT team members also supported traffic and parking control for the operation.  Dozens of CERT members volunteered for over 14 hours to support the exercise.

Thank you CERT members for providing much needed services.  In addition, we would also like to thank Cass, Jefferson, Nemaha, Otoe, Richardson and Winnebago Emergency Management Agencies for their support. 

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