I finished my CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training class last night. We had our disaster simulation exercise and it was very interesting, and a lot of fun. We were in a warehouse and had a drama club from a local high school act as the disaster victims. They had been all bloodied up and were moaning and screaming and did a really great job of acting like they were hurt and in shock. I was on the rescue team and had some catching up to do since I missed that class while I was in Texas. I’ve never been in a disaster and it gave me a lot of things to think about.
I took the class because it was
something to do outside of my comfort zone and I would like to be able to keep
my head about me and help my family and neighbors in a disaster. I didn’t study the information in the book as
well as I could have although I do have it now for a resource. But I came away from
the class with a couple things. First, I have an outline of a plan to get
myself a little better prepared for an emergency and I want to sit down with my
family and make sure we all get better prepared. And second, I won’t be any use
to anybody doing medical triage or search and rescue. :) Even the sight of fake blood
makes me a little queasy and I don’t deal so well with panic. So I’ll be
working on clean up or somewhere else away from the bodies in the event of a
disaster. And that’s ok. Better to work with my strengths and leave the other
things to people better able to handle it. So all in all, it was a good
experience and I learned some valuable things.
Now I’m trying to think of what I
might want to do next. I genuinely like learning and trying new things.