CERT Volunteers Gather in Beatrice, NE

The Homestead National Monument near Beatrice, NE, hosted a different group of visitors August 9-10 as 35 volunteers in flouresent green vests and rescue equipment practiced together in a mass casualty response.  These were volunteers from their local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in areas such as Scotts Bluff, Hall, Lancaster, Saunders, Gage, Kimball, Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Lincoln, Lay, Saline, Phelps, Nemaha and Jefferson counties gathered for the 3rd Annual CERT Conference.

CERT Volunteers Treat Mock Victims

The CERT program trains volunteers from all walks of life in the basic skills necessary to respond to a disaster in their community.  This basic training includes a 24 hour course with topics including:

  • Personal Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Emergency Triage & Medical Treatment
  • Light Search & Rescue
  • Team Organization & Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism Awareness

CERT Volunteers Prepare to Rescue Mock Victims

These CERT volunteers spent the weekend Conference enjoying additional classroom instruction and hands-on exercises that tested their abilities in an outdoor scene that required teams to cover significant distance and area. Working side by side with local law enforcement from Gage County and the National Park Police, CERT volunteers rendered aid to over a dozen victims in a mock disaster at the Homestead National Monument.

Participants in the 3rd Annual NE CERT Conference

To learn more about local CERT programs in your area, see the Volunteer Section or the Calendar for future CERT events.