Rainberry C.E.R.T. Group /
Hurricane Preparedness Committee

Under the direction of Firefighter Paramedic Kenneth Thompson, Community Emergency Response Team Instructor/Coordinator, the following is the newly revised schedule of CERT training classes offered in 2018 by the City of Delray Beach Fire Rescue Department.

Classes are held from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm in rooms A/B/C on the second floor of the Delray Beach Fire Department Headquarters, 501 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach FL, 33444. Participants must pre-register by contacting CERT Program Assistant Lillian Gallego at: lilliangallego@gmail.com or by calling (718) 749-2863.

This course consists of 24 hours of training one night a week for eight weeks. Classes are taught by trained Professional Firefighters and Paramedics from the City of Delray Beach.

The course schedule is as follows:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018
UNIT 1    Introduction to CERT training / Disaster Preparedness
  • Course review, content and scheduling. Introduction to disasters, Meteorology 101, impact of disasters on infrastructures.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018
UNIT 2    Disaster Fire Suppression
  • Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards, fire extinguisher use, fire suppression     strategy, firefighting resources, firefighting techniques.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018
UNIT 3    Disaster Medical Operations - Part I
  • Treatment strategies for life threatening conditions and principles of triage.   

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018
UNIT 4    Disaster Medical Operations - Part II
  • Basic First Aid, Head to toe assessments, treatment for head wounds, treatment for fractures, sprains, burns and other injuries.
     
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018
UNIT 5    Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • Search / Rescue priorities and resources, rescuer safety. Techniques for size-up and search. Cribbing and removing lightly trapped victims.

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018
UNIT 6    Disaster Psychology and Team Organization
  • The post-disaster emotional environment. The Incident Command System, CERT strategies, tactics and documentation.     

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018
UNIT 7    Terrorism / Disaster Communications
  • Define Terrorism; identify actions to take before, during and following a suspected terrorist incident.  Emergency communications and procedures.

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018
UNIT 8 Course Review / Disaster Simulation Exercise / Graduation

HURRICANE PREP

 Taking stock before hurricane season.
  • This is the time of year, before heavy rains to look for
    rubber boots.
  • Also make sure the number of your house is visible for
    help during and after emergencies.
  • Replace missing or smaller numbers.
  • Check expiration dates on bottled water, canned goods
    and batteries.
  • Donate canned goods that you won't use before they
    ​expire.
  • Don't wait for an approaching storm to buy batteries.
  • Have large plastic bags on hand to store essential documents.
 
Questions? Call Helen Sohne 561-501-4830

From left to right: Lee Kopeloff, CeCe Kelner, Evan Kushner, Glenn Todd, Genie Shea, Susan Kane, Helen Fraumeni, Anita Cucco, Gail Morelli, Helen Sohne, Gayle Gallinat, Lois Wiesler, Ed Shea, Fay Brown, Jerry ?, Bob Sohne,
​​FOR YOUR SAFETY:  Joe Duffy is the person who comes and installs the new smoke detectors.  He thanked Rainberry Bay for supporting this program that allows our residents (and Delray Beach ) have new smoke detectors installed free of charge. The newer ones have 10 year batteries. 

Joe's direct number is: 561-243-7407.  He will answer or return your call when he is available.  He will even come if you are unable to change the batteries yourself.  He does not remove the old hard-wired smoke detectors.

Preparing for an approaching storm

  • Locate and keep a copy of your power bill with you.
  • Call your local emergency management office if you or anyone you know has special needs in case of evacuation.
  • Install an approved hurricane shutter system over windows and doors.
  • Emergency operations officials urge residents to prepare to be self-sufficient for up to 14 days. Keep a battery-operated radio with you and a two-week supply of fresh batteries. Also stock up on: non-perishable food, medications, baby supplies, pet food and bottled water — the American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Check emergency equipment: flashlights, battery-operated radios and extension cords.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings ahead of time to keep food fresh longer in the event of a power outage.
  • Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment.
  • When working on a ladder, look up and note the location of power lines. Be sure that ladders or scaffolds are far enough away so that you — and the tools you're using — don't come within 10 feet of power lines.
  • After the storm
  • Do not travel or venture in the dark until it is safe to do so. Stay away from standing water and debris, which could potentially conceal a live wire.
  • Watch for downed power lines and do not attempt to touch them. Call 911 or your power company (FPL customers, call 800-4OUTAGE) to report fallen power lines.
  • If your roof or windows leak, water in your walls and ceiling may come into contact with electrical wiring. Immediately turn off your circuit breakers, disconnect all electrical appliances that are still plugged in, and turn off all wall switches. Remember, never stand in water while operating switches or unplugging any electrical device.

Portable generator tips

  • Never run generators inside your home or garage, as they produce potentially deadly carbon-monoxide fumes.
  • Keep generators away from all open windows to prevent deadly exhaust from entering a home or business.
  • Buy a battery-operated carbon-monoxide alarm, which will alert you if carbon-monoxide levels become dangerous. 
  • Always thoroughly read the manufacturer's instructions to ensure the safe operation of your generator.
"At FPL, we've worked hard to put ourselves in the best possible position to respond to severe weather and restore our customers' power safely and as quickly as possible after a storm strikes," said Rentz. "We prepare our employees year-round and continuously strengthen our grid so we're ready to respond when our customers need us the most. Just like FPL has a plan, we encourage our customers to have a plan, too."
For more tips on how to stay safe and prepare for 2016 storm season, visit  www.FPL.com/storm