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Registration Open for 2022 Citizen Corps Expo in Yakima

Image of Northwest Citizen Corps Expo Flyer with image collage of CERT members wearing personal protective equipment
Image of Northwest Citizen Corps Expo Flyer with image collage of CERT members wearing personal protective equipment

Expo will be filled with hands-on workshops on disaster preparedness, emergency response

YAKIMA--Serve Washington in partnership with the Washington Citizen Corps and statewide Community Emergency Response Teams, CERT, are hosting the 2022 Northwest Citizen Corps Expo Sept. 17-18 at Yakima Valley College. The expo runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free.

The weekend-long expo is filled with hands on disaster preparedness and emergency response courses covering topics such as light search and rescue, basic triage, radio communication, basic first aid, volunteer management and more. Keynote speaker Bill Steele from the University of Washington’s Pacific Seismic Network will give an overview of Cascadia, Rising, the multi-state emergency response drill in preparation for a large-scale earthquake occurring in the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the west coast of North America. The expo wraps up with a CERT drill on day 2.

The expo is ideal for CERT volunteers, people who work or volunteer within medical or emergency management organizations or anyone interested in learning about how to help their community build resilience before, during and after a disaster.

Registration is open now through Sept. 9, or until all slots are filled. For more information, email Celso Rangel,                                     


8 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.  

Welcome and opening remarks

Celso Rangel, CERT Coordinator, Serve Washington

Keynote: Cascadia Rising: What we learned in the past decade

Bill Steele, with with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington, will give an overview of Cascadia, Rising, the multi-state emergency response drill in preparation for a large-scale earthquake occurring in the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the west coast of North America and what researchers and emergency management experts have learned in recent years.

9 a.m. to noon

First-Aid, CPR and life support refresher

Tamara Fairley with Keep the Beat CPR & First Aid Training and Paramedic Curt Beagley will give participants a refresher course on infant, child and adult CPR, using AEDs and basic trauma first aid for bystanders.

This class is ideal for CERT volunteers who have taken a full first aid class in the past and would like to brush up on their skills. Participants will receive a first aid and CPR card valid for two years at the end of the course.

Basic moulage

Learn the art of applying makeup and prosthetics to create realistic mock injuries. Moulage helps to simulate real-world experience during emergency medical training exercises. Instructor: Laurel Sprague, owner of Moulage Mayhem

Emergency communications:  This is not your grandfather’s ham radio

Description coming soon. Instructor: Toby Clairmont

Conducting rescue operations: safe techniques for lifting, leveraging, cribbing, and survivor removal

Learn the basics on building and using a temporary wooden structure to support heavy objects during construction, relocation, vehicle extraction and urban search and rescue. Instructor: Rick Wallace

Managing spontaneous volunteers

A disaster can bring about spontaneous volunteers. Our neighbors and ordinary citizens—often arrive at disaster sites ready to help. Yet because these bystanders aren’t affiliated with exiting formal emergency management response systems, their offers to help may be underutilized or even cause a hinderance to professional responders.

CERT/Citizen Corps Coordinator and emergency management expert Celso Rangel will talk about how the paradox of people’s willingness to volunteer versus the system’s capacity to utilize them effectively

Social media 2

Rachael Anderson with the Citizen Corps Council of Pierce County will build upon the skills discussed in the CERT and Social Media 1 class from the 2022 CERT Leadership Summit. Participants do not need to have completed Social Media 1 class to participate, but should have a basic understanding of common social media platforms.

Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Afternoon sessions

1–4 p.m.

Inclusive emergency management and CERT

Join Washington State Accessible CERT Instructor Lisa Kraft and learn how to make CERT inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities. Topics covered will be how to make CERT participation accessible to people with disabilities as well as how CERT members can assist people with disabilities during a disaster deployment.

Advanced moulage

Learn more advanced techniques of applying makeup and prosthetics to simulate more complex injuries for emergency medical response drills. Note: participants must have completed a basic moulage class for admittance. Instructor: Laurel Sprague

Stop the bleed 

Join Trauma Program Manager Janna Finley and learn to apply tourniquets to stop bleeding in an emergency until medical help arrives.

Advanced/supplemental CERT and animals

This course builds skills learned from Basic CERT to include specific emergency response related to animals’ behavior and needs during disasters, working with animal shelters, firefighter rehab and how to monitor a rehabilitation tent during a forest fire.

Search and rescue size up

Learn how to size up situations for search and rescue teams. Course covers how to conduct interior and exterior search operations and systemic searches for disaster survivors. Instructor: Rick Wallace

Traffic and crowd control

Instructor Mike Batnick explains how CERT members can play important roles in traffic and crowd management. This course demonstrates hand signals for directing traffic and crowds. Participants will gain skills for effective verbal communication with the public.

4:30-5 p.m.

Closing remarks


8 a.m.  – 11 a.m.

Medical reserve corps and CERT

The Medical Reserve Corps, MRC, is a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. MRC volunteers step up to keep their family, friends, and neighbors safe and healthy. MRC members often work together with CERTs during a disaster. Learn the basic functions of each and how MRC members and CERTs can work together.

Cribbing and light search and rescue

Instructor Ken Hulet will give an overview how to do a search and rescue ‘size up.’ Course covers how to assess a situation before and during a search and rescue situation and examines how search and rescue teams operate. Topics will include conducting interior and exterior searches, searching systematically for disaster survivors, safe techniques for lifting, leveraging, and cribbing, and survivor removal.

Survivor Transport

Learn different ways to safely transport survivors after a disaster or everyday injuries. Instructor: Rick Wallace

Pacific Northwest earthquake hazards: potecting yourself, your family and friends

Learn about the shake alert system – Bill Steele & Dr. Gabriel Lotto – This course is not all lecture, hands on activities, come learn, come see.

Disaster medical ops

CERTs are trained to be part of disaster medical operations in large-scale emergencies. When there are multiple survivors, they have to distinguish whom has the most serious or life-threatening injuries and get them to treatment as soon as possible. In this course, participants will learn the basics of triage.

Introduction to navigation and map reading

During this class, participants will learn how to interpret information provided on a map, how to use a compass and how to use the two together. Participants will learn about magnetic north, true north and magnetic variation (declination). After covering these fundamentals, participants will practice taking a baring from the terrain while using a map to determine their global position and plan a route. Participants are encouraged to bring their own compasses and GPS systems, if they have them.

Instructor: C.M. Sam Jenkins

Lunch 11 a.m. to noon

12:15 – 4 p.m. CERT Exercise

Exercise Briefing

Sameer Gupte and Robert Cepeda

12:40 p.m.

Safety Briefing

Laurell Sprague

1 p.m.

Exercise Begins

3 p.m.

Hotwash/After Action Review

Celso Rangel

4 p.m. Closing remarks