NERT Training

Conner McCann Articles, Community — By on February 20, 2012 11:28 am

On Thursday January 26th, the JCCSF hosted a NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team) Triage Drill, in which the ten members of the Security Department participated en masse. For the uninitiated, NERT is a community based training program dedicated to helping individuals learn how to prepare themselves for both natural and man-made disasters, but also to help their neighbors in such scenarios. Triaging, where NERTs systematically search an area and classify victims by their condition, is one of the many skills which are taught to NERTs, and this particular gathering offered those in attendance ample practice.

JCCSF and NERT co-operation is nothing new. All members of the Security Team are NERT certified, and most of us have certifications in things related to NERT, such as HAM Radio and Incident Command System (ICS). Personally, I’ve been a NERT since joining the department in 2008, and by then all of the old hands had been certified for years. Staff members from the myriad of departments in the building are NERTs as well.

In addition to this, the JCCSF hosts monthly NERT meetings for the local neighborhood NERT organization. Each meeting has a different topic and a different skill to practice.

These meetings are open to the public, and staff who are NERTs as well as those who aren’t are encouraged to attend. There are also Neighborhood and Citywide NERT drills that members from the Security department participate in as well as in HAM radio training opportunities.

As for the drill? It was a blast. The drill organizers always manage to bring in civilians to play the role of victims, and as such many are made up to look the part. A basic drill will have you working as a team to sweep a disaster area, and classify those victims in the space. Combine this with elaborate disaster make up, an elderly lady shouting about a cat, and one of your NERTs shouting at you to watch out for a power line. Like I said, it’s a blast. If this sounds like your cup of tea, contact Haim Mamane, Director of Security, hmamane@jccsf.org, to find out about the next meeting, drill or for more information.

NERT info site

 

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  1. Alexandra says:

    This makes me proud of our JCCSF Family! 🙂 Go Nerts!!!
    -AEG

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