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"Teen CERT training teaches you readiness and response skills. Hands-on practice and realistic exercises prepare you for the unexpected in your community. Newly learned leadership skills empower you to safely respond to an emergency and assist victims without endangering yourself or others. You'll be equipped with skills that last a lifetime." - fema.gov


We are currently in the process of starting a Teen CERT at Harry S. Truman High School. Please reach out to our CERT Coordinator and Teen CERT Instructor, Blaine Honeycutt or Truman Principal, Mrs. Skopczynski during school hours for more information.


Are you a student or parent of a student that does not attend this school and would like to start a Teen CERT at your high school?  Let us know, we can help. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

*These questions and answers come directly from fema.gov


Q: How long is the training? 
A: The Basic CERT Training takes a total of approximately 20-30 hours. Additional time will be required if the school will offer certification in CPR, First Aid and AED.


Q: What is included in the training? 
A: The training consists of nine units; each unit has goals and learning objectives. The units teach you to keep yourself safe while helping others; to identify and anticipate hazards; reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace; use fire extinguishers to put out small fires; assist emergency responders; conduct light search and rescue; set up medical treatment areas; apply basic first aid techniques and help reduce survivor stress. At the end of the course, you'll participate in a disaster drill to reinforce the skills you learn in the training.


Q: Why should I join? 
A: In 95% of all emergencies, the victim or a bystander provides the first immediate assistance. Joining a Teen CERT teaches you how to respond when others look to you for help. You'll learn life skills, fulfill community service requirements, give back to the community, develop leadership skills and help make your school safer.


Q: What will I contribute to my school as a Teen CERT member? 
A: As a trained member, you can help when there's an emergency. And you could also support other activities within the school. You can address safety issues, provide peer mentoring, participate in disaster drills and exercises, assist in preparedness outreach, present fire safety education and teach home safety.


Q: Is it safe? 
A: This training is about learning to respond safely and responsibly. You will be outfitted in all necessary safety gear and educated on proper safety procedures. Volunteers are taught and constantly reminded that rescuer safety is the most important thing for CERT members. (You cannot help others if you get hurt yourself!) The intent is not to expose you to additional risk; rather, it is to provide you with proper training so you are safely able to help victims during an event when professional responders may be delayed.


Q: What if none of my friends want to take the training with me? 
A: Join anyway! The training is a great opportunity to meet new people. You'll get to know others as you practice vital teamwork skills. Once your friends see what you're learning, they may want to join as well.


Q: Can I use this material for fulfilling community service credits for graduation? 
A: Yes and it is encouraged. It is recommended that participants receive 20-30 community service hours toward graduation. Talk to your principal or teachers for more information.


Q: How do I join? 
A: Talk to your local CERT Coordinator, your principal and your parents for help joining.

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