In the face of disaster, Americans come together with courage, compassion and unity and ask, “How can I help?” There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and communities safer from risks and threats. Please visit the links below for more information on these exciting opportunities!
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Hillsboro’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also assist with city events such as the Fourth of July Parade and Oregon International Airshow.
Developed in 2010 by a collaboration between The Orfalea Foundation and the Aware & Prepare Initiative in Santa Barbara County, California, the Listos curriculum came to be after an exhaustive, inconclusive search for Spanish language disaster preparedness information. Listos is a grass-roots disaster preparedness program that has been tailored to meet the individual needs of the local Spanish-speaking community. The program is delivered in a format that is both culturally and linguistically appropriate. Listos partners with community leaders, jurisdictions, non-profits, and other community institutions. By partnering with these organizations, Listos provides preparedness information to the Spanish-speaking community. The Listos curriculum features low-cost to no-cost preparedness initiatives and provides tips that serve participants not only during disasters, but also throughout the course of their everyday lives. Some of the classes included in the program are CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), first aid, and fire safety, as well as a basic understanding of ICS (Incident Command Structure). Listos can instruct the participants in the command structure of First Responders, ensuring communication between Listos graduates and firefighters in the event of an emergency. For more information, please click here.
Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) provide the City of Hillsboro with backup emergency communications capability during exercises, disasters, and special events such as the Oregon International Airshow.