SEPT 5 & 6 2024

LA Convention Center

Emergency Response Live with CERT

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may occur where they live.

CERT trains volunteers in basic disaster response skills, such as:

  • Fire safety
  • Light search and rescue
  • Team organization
  • Disaster medical operations

CERT training was created in Los Angeles in 1985 and has been adopted by FEMA as a national training curriculum. Learn more about CERT and fine a program near you at

CERT instructors will demonstrate several CERT skills on Thursday, September 28 from 12:00pm to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 2:30pm.

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

CERT Instructors will demonstrate the following skills:

  • Triage (10 minutes) – Triage is the initial assessment an sorting of survivors for treatment based on the severity of their injuries.
  • Wound Care 10 minutes) – The main treatment for wounds includes Controlling Bleeding and Applying dressing and bandage.
  • Tourniquets (10 minutes) – Tourniquets may be a viable option to save a person from bleeding to death. A tourniquet is a tight bandage, which when placed around a limb and tightened, cuts off the blood supply to the part of the limb beyond it.

2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

CERT Instructors will demonstrate the following skills:

  • Leveraging and Cribbing (10 minutes) – Leveraging and Cribbing is used to move and stabilize debris to free survivors. Leveraging is accomplished by wedging a lever under the object that needs to be moved, with a stationary object underneath it to act as a fulcrum. A Crib is a wooden framework used for support or strengthening an object. Box Cribbing means arranging pairs of wood pieces alternately to form a stable rectangle.
  • Head to Toe Assessment (10 minutes) – Head to Toe Assessments go beyond the immediate life-threatening injuries to try to determine the nature of the patient’s injury.
  • Extrication Methods (10 minutes) – Survivors may need to be extracted from their current location. The type of extrication method sed should depend on:
    • General Stability of the immediate environment
    • Number of rescuers available
    • Strength and ability of the rescuers
    • Condition of the survivor