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:
C.A.R.E.S is a group of licensed amateur radio operators who continually train as emergency communication (emcomm) operators. Our mission is to provide backup communications in disasters and emergencies when normal communications are overloaded or disrupted. We serve Curry County agencies as well as community agencies who are involved in disaster recovery.
Operators are assigned to the County Emergency Operations Center, City and County fire stations, health departments, hospitals and other agencies as needed when normal communications are overloaded or disrupted. Most traffic is handled by voice or packet using dedicated equipment at the served agencies.
Licensed amateur radio operators in Curry County interested in emergency communications (emcomm) are encouraged to join. A successful background check from the county Sheriff's Office is required.
Members train in directed net operations, message handling, field radio station set-up, portable repeaters, simulated emergency tests, and other training to improve our proficiency in emergency radio communications and coordinating within the Incident Command System
C.A.R.E.S provides communication support for a variety of emergency services and organizations, including: