The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
CERTs may participate in activities such as emergency shelters, evacuating residents during wild fires, re-routing traffic around accidents and monitoring and supporting firefighters (rehab) during extended incidents.
CERT Basic Training is held at least once per year and includes both classroom learning and field exercises. The training covers a variety of topics including:
This plan, which is updated every five years, provides County officials and emergency responders with a framework for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from major emergencies and disasters. When the plan is activated, emergency response agencies are integrated into a common emergency management organization.
This plan is a guide and does not carry the force of law. It is a management statement intended to define the interlocking roles of County personnel and to encourage cooperation and coordination among multiple jurisdictions. Nothing in this plan is intended to discourage field personnel from exercising discretionary authority in problem solving.
The overarching goal of this plan is to reduce the vulnerability of the citizens of Curry County to the human suffering, property damage, and financial losses that can result from emergencies.
A Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) provides communities with a set of goals, action items, and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events. Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including: reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities, and economic hardship; reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs; increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process; and increased potential for State and Federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects. It is impossible to predict exactly when these hazards will occur, or the extent to which they will affect the community. However, with careful planning and collaboration among public agencies, private sector organizations, and citizens within the community, it is possible to create a resilient community that will benefit from long-term recovery planning efforts.
Curry County is one of the most dramatic and beautiful places in Oregon. Rugged mountains and towering forests meet ocean views and colorful sunsets. The natural forces that make Curry County a beautiful place to live also provide economic opportunities through recreation, tourism, agriculture, logging and mining, to name a few. But the Biscuit Fire of 2002 highlighted the fact that these same natural forces also bring inevitable risks that can only be mitigated through careful preparation and planning. Following the Biscuit Fire, many people involved in land management and emergency response recognized a need to better prepare for the next wildfire event. Their efforts started with a project to identify vulnerable structures in southern part of the county that were most threatened by the Biscuit Fire. They also formed a collaborative team to address wildfire issues. Today, the Curry Wildfire Preparation Team (CWPT) includes representatives from the local fire protection districts, the Curry Fire Chief’s Association, Curry County Emergency Services, Bureau of Land Management – Coos Bay District, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Coos Forest Protective Association, County GIS, municipal governments, the South Coast Watershed Councils, and the Lower Rogue Watershed Councils.