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Disaster Preparedness Training 

Listed in this calendar are public training opportunities. 

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT Train-the-Trainer  P-2060

Course Overview: The purpose  of  this  Community  Emergency  Response  Team  (CERT)  Train-the-Trainer (T-T-T)  Course  is  to get  skilled instructors  for  the CERT  Basic  Training  Course.

  • A skilled CERT  instructor  gives  the CERT  Basic  Training  Course correctly, explaining  the  messages  and intent  of  the  CERT  Program  (e.g.,  safety, teamwork,  and  place in overall  community  emergency  operations plan).

  • A skilled  instructor  makes  sure  that  students  complete  the  objectives  of  the  CERT Basic  Training  Course.

  • A skilled CERT  instructor  gives  training  effectively  and at  the right  level,  helping students  to learn and correctly  apply  skillsets.

  • A skilled  instructor  creates  a comfortable yet  managed learning environment.

 

Overall Course Objectives: 

By  the end of  this  course,  participants  should  be able to:

  1. Show knowledge of  the CERT  Basic  Training  Course.

  2. Show the  ability  to present  an  assigned part  of  the  CERT  Basic Training  Course (teach-back).

  3. Explain the core values  of  the  program.

  4. Show classroom  management  techniques.

  5. Show effective teaching  techniques.

  6. Model  appropriate behavior  as  an  instructor. In addition  to  the  overall  course objectives  listed above,  each  unit  has  specific objectives.

 

Target Audience: The target  audience  for  this  course  includes  the  following:

  • People who will  serve as  the course  manager  for  the CERT  Basic  Training Course.  This  course  manager  would have the  power  to name instructors  to teach selected  units.

  • People who will  be CERT  Basic  Training  Course instructors  in  any way.

 

Note:  Those who teach only  one  or  two of  the units  may  do so without  taking  the CERT T-T-T  Course.  However,  the CERT  T-T-T  Course would give them  a  needed overview of  the CERT  Basic  Training  Course as  well  as  improve their  teaching  skills.

Prerequisites:

  • A referral  from  a CERT  sponsoring  agency.  (i.e.,  local,  regional,  or  state government  agency)

  • Earlier  completion of  the CERT  Basic  Training  Course;  and  (if  necessary)

  • Approval  from  the state CERT  coordinating  agency  if  that  agency  sponsors  the CERT  T-T-T  Course.

 

* The Governor's Office of Volunteer Services (GOVS) is the Alabama State CERT coordinating agency.

October 11-13, 2023

Mobile County EMA
Mobile

Local CERT Trainings

February 2 - 3, February 10, 2024

Enterprise Fire Department Central Fire Station

Enterprise (Coffee County)

February 26 - March 2, 2024

Elmore County EMA
Wetumpka

Coffee County CERT meets on the 4th Thursday of every month (except November/December) at the Enterprise Rescue Squad, 519 E. Lee Street, Enterprise. For more information contact: Scotty Johnson, (334) 806-1994, coffeecocertcoord@hotmail.com

FEMA offers virtual CERT training. See below for details.

G288: Local Volunteer and Donations Management Training 

The Governor's Office of Volunteer Services will host G288: Local Volunteer and Donations Management Training. The G288: Local Volunteer and Donations Management Course is a 1 ½ day training designed to strengthen the abilities of local jurisdictions to successfully prepare for and handle volunteer and donations management issues that arise.

 

Course Goal:

To provide local emergency management personnel and voluntary agency representatives with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and execute an effective volunteer and donations management program as well as develop a volunteer and donations management support annex

Course Objectives:

  • Identify key organizations and individuals who have a role in managing unaffiliated volunteers, unsolicited goods, and undesignated cash donations in disasters.

  • Identify specific agencies and organizations and how they collaborate to form a Volunteer and Donations Coordination Team (VDCT).

  • Develop an effective public education and information structure to support the successful management of unaffiliated volunteers, unsolicited goods, and undesignated cash donations.

  • Identify how to effectively manage the surge of unsolicited goods.

  • Gather information from organizations, agencies, volunteers, media, and others for donations intelligence purposes.

  • Facilitate the matching of unaffiliated volunteers with appropriate organizations or agencies during program implementation.

  • List the planning considerations for cash donations.

  • Incorporate technology needed to successfully manage information on unaffiliated volunteers and unsolicited goods.

  • Relate volunteer and donations management program responsibilities to the planning components of the annex.

 

Target Audience:

  • County Emergency Management Agency personnel

  • Local government officials

  • Local volunteer and donations management coordinators

  • Key VOAD members who play a role in volunteer and donations management

Course Dates and Locations

April 11-12, 2023

Mobile County EMA
Mobile

Registration Closed

October 19-20, 2023

Montgomery City-County EMA
Montgomery

October 24-25, 2023

Marshall County EMA
Guntersville

January 22-23, 2024

St. Clair County EMA
Pell City

October 16-17, 2024

Location: TBD
Madison

Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) Training

Training attendees will gain the skills to establish a local Volunteer Reception Center (VRC). VRC Training will prepare participants to staff VRCs that will register and place spontaneous volunteers in times of disaster. These centers ensure that volunteers are given meaningful and constructive opportunities to satisfy their desire to assist in a time of need, while not overwhelming the affected community during the disaster response and recovery process. The training includes an interactive VRC exercise where participants experience the VRC model and practice managing spontaneous volunteers.

Course Dates and Locations

April 11-12, 2023

Mobile County EMA
Mobile

Registration Closed

October 19-20, 2023

Montgomery City-County EMA
Montgomery

October 24-25, 2023

Marshall County EMA
Guntersville

January 22-23, 2024

St. Clair County EMA
Pell City

October 17, 2023
November 21, 2023
December 19, 2023


2023 Virtual Classes

Registration Closed

January 16, 2024
February 20, 2024
March 19, 2024


2024 Virtual Classes

May 22(cancelled)     Sept. 18
June 21                Oct. 23
July 17                Nov. 20
August 21            Dec. 18


2024 Virtual Classes

October 16-17, 2024

Location: TBD
Madison

For more information or questions, please contact:

Info@ServeAlabama.gov

334-242-1549

FEMA Trainings

FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) 

FEMA created the Youth Preparedness Council in 2012 to bring together young leaders from across the country who are interested in disaster preparedness and community service. Learn more

K0427 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager (Virtual Delivery)

Course Description: Prepares participants to establish and sustain an active local CERT Program.  Learn more

• November 14, 15, 16, 17, 2023 (1–5 p.m.)
• January 9, 10, 11, 12, 2024 (1–5 p.m.)
• March 26, 27, 28, 29, 2024 (1–5 p.m.)
• April 9, 10, 11, 12, 2024 (1–5 p.m.)
• May 21, 22, 23, 24, 2024 (1–5 p.m.)

• August 13, 14, 15, 16, 2024 (1–5 p.m.)

K0428 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Train-the-Trainer (Virtual Delivery)

Course Description: Prepares participants to deliver the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training course.  Learn More

• October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 2023 (1–5 p.m.)
• December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2023 (1–5 p.m.)
• February 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 2024 (1–5 p.m.)
• March 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 2024 (1–5 p.m.)

• April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 2024 (1–5 p.m.)
• July 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 2024 (1–5 p.m.)
• Sept 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2024 (1–5 p.m.)

*All Times are Eastern Time (ET)

 

Learn more about CERT: CERT Home | Ready.gov (fema.gov)

Visit FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) for information on training opportunities and course offerings.

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