Learn how to help in a Farmington area disaster

Press release

The Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC) will host a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course every Wednesday from August 30 through October 11.

The free training sessions, held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road, are open to adults and children ages 14 and up accompanied by an adult.

CERT volunteers assist community members following a disaster when professional first responders are not immediately available to help. This course will provide education about disaster preparedness and hazards that may impact local areas.

CERT training course participants will learn the following vital skills:

  • Disaster Preparedness: Appropriate actions before, during, and after a disaster.
  • Disaster Fire Suppression: Safe use of fire extinguishers, hazardous materials awareness, and fire suppression strategies.
  • Disaster Medical Operations Part 1: Simple techniques to treat airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock.
  • Disaster Medical Operations Part 2: Medical assessments, establishing a treatment area, and performing basic first aid.
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations: Strategies, search techniques, rescuer safety, and awareness of electric and natural gas hazards.
  • Disaster Psychology: Symptoms experienced by disaster victims and responders.
  • CERT Organization: CERT structure, policies, and procedures, and the Incident Command System.

Participants who complete all seven sessions will be invited to join the Farmington Area CERT program. To register or for more information, contact EPC Vice Chair Tim Tutak at 248-417-0930 or tutakt@live.com.