VOLUNTEER UTILIZATION SERIES
CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-9: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS SUCH AS CERT AS STATE & LOCAL EXPANSION CADRE OF ESSENTIAL PUBLIC & PRIVATE SERVICES, SEARCH & RESCUE, MEDICAL TREATMENT AND MASS CARE RESPONSES
PURPOSE: This is part of a series of posts examining various ways volunteers such as CERT have been utilized in the past. The Volunteer Utilization Series posts were preliminarily categorized such that resilience stakeholders with select viewpoints may begin to consider how they could utilize volunteers like CERT as part of an expansion cadre per disaster-category, moving forward. This series is in support of the National Preparedness Goal “Whole Community” approach, and the identified Core Capability “Operational Coordination” which requires communities to establish and maintain a unified and coordinated operational structure and process that appropriately integrates all critical stakeholders and supports the execution of all other core capabilities.
REFERENCED DHS/FEMA CORE CAPABILITIES ARE HERE:
ALL CERT IN ACTION ARTICLES ARE HERE:
(direct links only work with the correct i.e. configuration)
=>SUB-CATEGORY-1 SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS (capabilities, including personnel, services, animals, and assets to survivors in need, with the goal of saving the greatest number of endangered lives in the shortest time possible). CERT may be deployed to Search for missing individuals and/or assist in Rescue operations, as well as protecting the Rescuers (see links below):
+NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE: http://www.nasar.org/
+CITIZENCORP VIDEO RESOURCE: http://home.citizencorps.gov/cert/SandR/default.htm
+CERT-PROJECT LIFESAVER: http://www.projectlifesaver.org/
+CERT IN ACTION: Greenbelt, MD CERT Joins Eastern Shore Search-and-Rescue Mission
+CERT IN ACTION: Southern Marin CERT Joins in Search-and-Rescue Effort
+CERT IN ACTION: Cameron, Mo. CERT Aids in Search and Rescue of Missing Woman
+CERT IN ACTION: Navarre, Fla., CERT Assists in Search and Rescue
+CERT IN ACTION: Douglas County, GA, CERT Team Assists in First Mission
+VIDEO RESOURCE: DHS Urban Search & Rescue Structural Collapse Training
+TRAINING RESOURCE: CERT Animal Response Modules
=>SUB-CATEGORY-2 FIRST RESPONDER & MEDICAL RESPONSE: It is important in medical response to utilize unified protocols, have familiar teams, remember critical timeframes, and learn about emergency requirements and methods prior to deployment to an incident. Volunteers like CERT can assist with common medical protocols of CPR & First aid, provide support for airways, breathing, shock, safety booths, be the eyes and ears, head-to-toe inspection, protect and improve the professional rescuer’s functions, and re-supply resources. Volunteers may also act as an expansion cadre available to enhance actions of firefighters accessing the scene and paramedics on the scene, as well as other first response services related to major hazards, material spills, acts of terrorism, and natural disasters.
+MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS WEBSITE: https://www.medicalreservecorps.gov/HomePage
+CERT IN ACTION: Wahpeton, ND CERTs Respond to Industrial Fire (Traffic control during industrial building chemical fire scenario)
+CERT IN ACTION: CERT Member Offers Help in New Britain, Conn.
+CERT IN ACTION: MD CERT Member Assists in Hit and Run
+CERT IN ACTION: West Boylston, MA CERT Member Assists Car Crash Victim
+CERT VIDEO RESOURCE (CPR):
+CERT VIDEO RESOURCE (First Aid Bandaging and Splinting):
+CERT VIDEO RESOURCE (Head to Toe assessment):
+PROTOCOL (Lifting or Carrying someone): http://www.cert-la.com/liftcarry/Liftcarry.pdf
=>SUB-CATEGORY-3 MASS CARE SERVICES (Provide life-sustaining services to the affected population with a focus on hydration, feeding, and sheltering to those who have the most need, as well as support for reunifying families. CERT can assist with Mass Casualty Triage, simple treatment, Victim Extrication-Cribbing & and community psychological support (see videos below)
+VIDEO TRIAGE TRAINING: CERT Triage - Handling Mass Casualty Situations, medical triage is the key to doing the most good for the most people whenever there are more victims than rescuers, resources are limited, and time is critical. This training video provides an overview of the medical triage process and portrays the steps that CERT members need to follow to provide victims the most effective lifesaving support available until professional responders arrive on scene.
ADDITIONAL PDF TRAINING MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE HERE:
=>SUB-CATEGORY-4 Utilize volunteers such as CERT for on-site Public Health Shelter to create a temporary mass treatment area and associated supply chain in support of operations established to assist the affected communities, critical facilities, and the ability to access community staples (e.g., fuel and power, grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks).
(SEE Volunteers in Operations for further details) here: http://uscsrh.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Utilization-of-Volunteers-for-Operations-Supply-Chain-and-COMs/140460-29117
=>SUB-CATEGORY-5 Volunteer Mass Victim Escort Services
+CERT IN ACTION: Crane Collapses in New York City
=>SUB-CATEGORY-6 Mass Spectator Support Services– (Olympics)
+CERT IN ACTION: CERTs Support Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR