How to Get Hands-On U.S. Government Sponsored Doomsday Preppers Training Free

by Michael

Today, you can watch any number of television shows on prepping from Doomsday Preppers to Man vs Wild to Survivor. By watching some of these show, you may develop a false sense of security in that you may think that you are prepared to handle a disaster but nothing will prepare you for a disaster like hands on disaster simulation training. The US Government is offering this very training for free in local communities all across the country. In addition, those who go through the training will be offered the ongoing opportunity to help their community and sharpen their skills by assisting emergency responders with real emergency events.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program was first developed by the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1985 as a method of training members of community to become more self-sufficient in the wake of a disaster.  In the early 1990s, the Federal Emergency Management Agency expanded the program nationally.  Today, most major cities offer CERT training through their local fire, police or emergency management departments.

Disaster Prepping Skill Taught in CERT

CERT training is free to the public but requires registration due a limited number of spots available each session.  The training is generally delivered in two and a half hour sessions, one night a week for 7 weeks.  The training consists of the following:

  • Disaster Preparedness: Participants are given an overview of the probable hazards that the community could face in the future.  The training provides participants with instructions on how they should prepare for and respond to a disaster.  In addition, the concept and organization of CERT is discussed with the group along with the policies and laws that they must abide by as CERT members.
  • Disaster Fire Suppression:  This session teaches participants the basics of fire safety and fire suppression.  Participants will learn how to best assess a situation, use fire extinguishers safely and how to extinguish small fires.
  • Disaster Medical Operations:  Two sessions are spent training students on first aid methods in disaster scenarios.
  • Search and Rescue Operations: Participants are given an overview of the logistics of search and rescue operations including instruction on formulating plans, utilizing proper techniques and protecting oneself
  • Team Organization and Disaster Psychology:  In this session, the students are instructed on the organization and management of CERT activities and how to properly record events.  Participants are also taught the psychological effects of disasters on both the victims and workers.
  • Final Overview and Disaster Simulation:  In this final session, participants will review skills they have been taught over the previous sessions then put those skills to the test in a disaster simulation.

CERT Incentives

Upon the completion of the training, participants are given the option to join a CERT.  Regardless of whether or not a participant in the training decides to become a member of a CERT, he/she will emerge from the training with the skills to help their family and community in a disaster.  As an incentive for participants to join a CERT, some local agencies provide CERT members with disaster response tool kits as well as CERT uniforms to identify members as emergency responders.  CERT members will continue to gain disaster preparation skills by assisting professional responders with incidents and participating in periodic refresher training courses.  To learn more about the CERT program check out

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Matt October 31, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Question, I recently came into possession of a couple hundred unused, still in package gas masks and wondering what suggestions you might have on where best to post/sell these items? Figured that preppers would be a natural market and wondering if there are sites that might be good places to sell these? I appreciate any suggestions or guidance you can provide.


Belinda McCaskill January 6, 2013 at 12:14 am

I am interested in an underground shelter like the one used in the series. I believe the prepper purchased it from a government facility. Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you,

Belinda McCaskill


Limmt January 26, 2013 at 5:39 am

Jim BI have been prepping for a few years now. The first thing I think snemooe should do as far as food is pack away rice and beans. These combine for a complete protein which is essential for prepping. I have rice and beans packed into mylar bags and 5 gal buckets with O2 absorbers. They last 25-30 years on the shelf.(see Brigham Young’s research into shelf lives of dried food) It is very easy and not too expensive to pack away months worth of rice and beans that you will not have to rotate. Pasta, oats, sugar, can also be packed this way and last up to 30 years. Most serious preppers with families have hundreds of pounds of ric e and beans packed away in buckets. Rice and beans should be a staple of every food preppers plan. Healthy, incredibly long shelf life, filling, cheap.A great idea for emergency rice is to cook your rice. Then put it into a food dehydrator, dehydrate it completely. Then pack away in a mylar bag. When needed you open it up and it does not need to be cooked, only rehydrated. You can pour cold water on it if you need to and let it soak. That way of you are unable to get water boiling for whatever reason, you could still have some rice to eat. Or if you are trying to conserve fuel, just get the water a little warm and pour it on the dehydrated rice. Much less fuel use then boiling the rice. Mountain House sells this in #10 cans but it is cheaper to make your self.You can also dehydrate frozen vegies and pack them away in vacuum seal bags with o2 absorbers and they will last 8-10 years. I can give you links to good web sites if you need to learn how to do anyu of this.


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