“The two CERT Animal Response modules are integral to the success of our Animal Response Team training,” said Robert Ross, Chief of Operations for Sacramento CERT. “We use the FEMA Animal I/II courses as prerequisites to our Animal Sheltering Class. These two modules have a lot of very good information on animal behavior and signs that we feel our members must know about before trying to handle animals in an emergency shelter situation.”
FEMA is continuing to update CERT training to ensure it is consistent with current methods. The following training modules will be updated in 2020:
- Community Emergency Response Team Animal Module I;
- Community Emergency Response Team Animal Response Module II;
- Community Emergency Response Team Drills and Exercises;
- Community Emergency Response Team Firefighter Rehab;
- CERT Traffic and Crowd Management Module; and
- CERT Tools for Leadership Success Module.
Additionally, FEMA will be developing two new modules on building community preparedness and serving communities with access and functional needs. If you are interested in participating in updating any of these existing courses or developing new training courses, please contact us at FEMA-Prepare@fema.dhs.gov.
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