Last Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, the Taylorsville Senior Center turned into a building with a 7.0 earthquake and mass casualties. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) from over 15 Utah jurisdictions participated in the 2013 Multi-CERT Event and practiced their disaster response skills.
This exercise provided each CERT member to have hands-on training and simulated disaster experience in three areas: Search & Triage, Rescue & Transport, and Disaster Medical Training.
Participants had to use their best acting skills to simulate injured victims.
Teams also practiced inter-operations with other response groups such as the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The Salt Lake County MRC has been integrating into the exercise and will be receiving rescued patients from the CERT teams.
Here is the cultural hall of the Senior Center - it looks like a cyclone hit it! (Or an earthquake!!)
This event was planned over a five month period by a multi-jurisdictional committee and was hosted by Taylorsville City.
Participating teams and organizations include: Taylorsville, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Herriman, Judge Memorial, Lehi, Murray, Pleasant Grove, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake County, Sandy, Saratoga Springs, South Salt Lake, Stansbury Park, Unified Fire Authority, West Valley City, Brothers Grimm, SL County MRC, LDS Church, Southern Baptist Church, and the Utah Division of Emergency Management.
The LDS Church donated food for participants and the Southern Baptist Church prepared it.
The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT members assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available.
If you would like more information or to get involved in CERT, please contact Lisa Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org.