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Required CERT Equipment
Keeping and maintaining your CERT equipment is your responsibility. The items below are required, especially for a call-out.
- CERT ID (required for call-outs)
- Helmet (no baseball hats) (see information on helmets below)
- Vest (see information for Vests below)
- Dust Mask
- Rubber/latex Gloves
- Leather Gloves
- Sturdy Shoes (absolutely no open-toe shoes allowed)
- Long Pants
- Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Bottled Water
- Non-perishable Food
- Set of the CERT Forms
- Code of Conduct
- Duct Tape
- Caution Tape
- Triage Tape
- Gas/water Wrench
- Ink Pens & Graphite Pencils
- Lumber Crayons
- First-aid Supplies
- Hardhat Headlamp
- Cell Phone
- Sun Block
- Tri-fold cheat sheet
- Antiseptic Hand Cleaner
- Water Impermeable Notebooks
- Ear Plugs
- Extra Pair of Socks
We encourage CERT members to purchase one-inch lime-green reflective stripes for their vests to increase safety and visibility.
The stripes for the vest must be sewn on. Some drycleaners will do the sewing for under $10.00. A tailor may charge over $50.00.
Any number of places are able to do the sewing.
The Vest Guy
Vests, Chest Packs, Armband
All items are 100% customizable and made to order with your name, etc.
You can purchase your stripes from any source, but be sure that the stripes are one-inch lime-green reflective tape. (If you have any other sources for this reflective tape, let us know.)
Print out this page to show to the person who will do the sewing:
REFLECTIVE TAPE STANDARDS:
Reflective tape shall be one inch wide and lime green.
Reflective tape shall run one inch above the bottom of the vest across the back and front panels.
Reflective tape shall run one inch away from the outside of the shoulder seam, straight down the vest back to the bottom tape on each side. It shall not obstruct the view of the CERT logo on the back of the vest.
Reflective tape shall run one inch away from the outside of the shoulder seam, straight down the vest front to the bottom tape on each front panel.
Stencil your last name on the back of the vest, centered, with the bottom of the letters one inch above the lowest reflective stripe, using 3″ block letter stencils and a black felt-tip marker. (See the example in the back view picture above.)
The CERT vest shown above (with or without reflective stripes) shall not be used for traffic control at large incidents.
If you’re looking for a stronger helmet, it must look like this:
It’s very important that CERT has a consistent look. Make sure your helmet resembles this one (except it must be GREEN).
No full-brim helmets.
No bicycle helmets.
No firefighter helmets.
Additional CERT Equipment & Clothing
After being in CERT for awhile, you may determine that you require additional equipment partially for your own comfort, and partially you need it to do a better job. Below is a list of possible equipment you might add. Also included are some clothing suppliers for pants, jackets & shirts you might find of value.
Equipment & Supplies
We will be adding to this list shortly
- Cardboard Splints
- Triangular Bandages
- Gauze rolls
- Trauma Pads
- ABD 5×9 compresses
- Gauze Sponges
- First Aid Kit
- Collapsible Traffic Cones
- Clean Towels/Rags
- CERT All-Weather Field Operating Guide
- 2-Way Radios
- Batteries for Radios
- Blank Assessment Forms
- Clip Board
- Folding Shovel
- Light Sticks
- Rope (50′)
- Emergency Mylar Blankets
- Pants with multiple pockets
- Rain Suit (vest goes on outside)
- Sunscreen shirts
It is important that individual CERT members be prepared with their own supplies and equipment.
However, in times of extreme emergency which can affect a large area, it would be also helpful for each community to have their own plan and supplies. There are many ways to go about this, but here are just a few ideas. To make a community plan, one needs to involve the community or at least leaders in the community. An effective way to do this is to invite them to meetings to set up the community plan and give them reasons or incentives to participate.
Get ideas for preparing your neighborhood at the Neighborhood Preparedness page.
Supplies, tools and equipment might include a camper or mobile home to serve as the coordination center or command post for the neighborhood’s response effort; hammers, nails and plywood to cover broken windows; first aid kits and medical supplies for use in post-disaster first aid; crowbars, axes and other tools to assist in light search and rescue efforts; amateur or citizens band radios to assist in communications; and plastic bags to store trash or use as tarps.
Here are some examples of tools and equipment (Click to download the CERT Community Equipment List as PDF):
We welcome your suggestions for other supplies and resources you have found helpful for your CERT kit!
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