Updated: Jul 30, 2019
During HLS 2018 and 2019 I talked about the importance of taking any and all available training you can obtain as a civilian to help you not only in your preparedness planning and measures, but also to help you understand how the state and federal systems will working during a disaster. The more tools you have in your personal toolbox, the smarter you will be when putting together plans for manmade, natural and technological disasters. Over the past years, I have encountered many who want to blame FEMA for failures during major disaster events around the nation. And in some cases, the charges do have merit. But in many cases, the individual simply does not understand how the Federal response works and who is responsible for what and when. `Your understanding of the process will not put the soup in your bowl faster but it will allow you to understand why you may not have soup in your bowl unless you prepared and have your own soup to put in your families bowl.
If you are paying any attention to national news the last 90 days you will see the repeated natural disasters taking place across the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. Flooding, freezing, flooding, tornadoes, flooding and more flooding. These events are going to have a major impact on us nationally. Food prices, insurance increases, costs of beef, pork and poultry. This doesn't even touch the personal losses for families. As of today, the US has had 14 straight days with a tornado.
One of the available training courses offered to everyone is the Introduction to Community Emergency Response Team or CERT training offered online, for free. You will eventually need to take the classroom portion of the training to get the certification, however, FEMA has provided an online training course in CERT to help get you ready and prepared to attend the in-residence course. One of our Patriot readers will be attending CERT training in her local area any day now. If you want to attend you should call your local fire department or county emergency manager to find out where you can sign up and when and where to attend. Get this great training in your toolbox. You won't regret it.
Here is the link to take the FEMA online training. https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=is-317 Because you are probably new to the FEMA Emergency Management Institute website, you will have to obtain a FEMA SID code number. Look on the linked page above for the SID information and link to obtain same located on the right-hand side of the page.
Good luck and keep charging.
Hope For Survival