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Old 08-30-2014, 10:44 PM
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Hi y'all, I'm kinda curious about this, does anyone know how good the Omaha/Bellevue CERT program is? I've heard that some of the programs are better than others, with some places having you do tons of activities and courses after you complete the basic course and others, not so much. Anyways, if anyone has completed the cert training class could you please inform me about it.

P.S. on a slightly related topic, what are some good places to get training in practical/useful skills like canning and herbal medicine that are located in that general area?
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Well, I can't say how the quality of the CERT classes varies with Geography, but activities definitely vary depending on whether you take the standard 8-week (1night a week) course or if you take the cram-it-all-into-one-weekend course.

I finished the standard 8-week course and we had a different activity/speaker every night, received our own textbooks to keep, and received some equipment.

A friend of mine in another county did the 1-weekend program. Obviously no time to have different activities/speakers for each unit, didn't get a textbook (just Xerox copies and had to hand those in at the end of class), and received no equipment at all.

There were all ages and skill levels in the classes and some training is better than no training.

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I agree with LindaLou. Some training is better than none. But from my experience (I'm in CA.) the CERT training is very basic. I had to take it for work and it was the all in one package. Most of it was stuff a basic prepper/survivalist would already know. Again this was just in my community. It is presented by the local fire and police so its good to get a feel who you might encounter if something goes down.
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Thanks for the info Linda! A couple of days ago I took a look on the website for my local program and it looks like they're starting an 8 week class on Sat. the 6th, so I might sign up for that just to learn some basic skills and gain a little knowledge about the local emergency services.
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Thanks for the info Linda! A couple of days ago I took a look on the website for my local program and it looks like they're starting an 8 week class on Sat. the 6th, so I might sign up for that just to learn some basic skills and gain a little knowledge about the local emergency services.
You'll probably find that some of the info. is what you already know and some of it is new.

The BEST info. I learned was how the emergency system worked in my area from my hometown all the way up the steps to Washington, D.C. Very illuminating from a "gray man" point of view.

Also, good opportunity to do a little bit of networking.

The total surprise to me was finding out how many of my hometown's municipal workers, county workers, and state workers have Concealed Carry permits. I mean secretaries, communication clerks, etc. and they all spoke freely about carrying. The police (guest speakers one night) didn't seem to think anything of it.

Who knew so many employees go armed?

Wonder if they're allowed to carry on the job?

The fire department from a suburb in the county said they always inquire if there are any explosives, chemicals, or ammo reloading equipment before they try to enter a burning dwelling. Too often, the answer is no explosives, no chemicals, yes reloading. It happens often enough in the suburbs that the department has had to formulate a policy regarding burning dwellings containing ammo reload supplies.

I've been in that little suburb before, lots of nice houses, mown lawns, evening band concerts. I never would have guessed there was so much ammo reloading going on behind those white lace curtains!

Anyway, the C.E.R.T. class was informative in more ways than one.
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