MAR 6 & 7 2024

Miami Beach Convention Center

Emergency Response Live with Miami Beach CERT and Disaster Recovery Resources

Communities around the world have worked to train volunteers and find the resources they need to plan, prepare, survive and recover from ongoing disasters. Miami Beach has several resources ready for those disasters.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may occur where they live.

CERT trains volunteers in basic disaster response skills, such as:

  • Fire safety
  • Light search and rescue
  • Team organization
  • Disaster medical operations
  • Disaster psychology
  • CERT and terrorism

CERT training was created in Los Angeles in 1985 and has been adopted by FEMA as a national training curriculum. Learn more about CERT and fine a program near you at

Wednesday March 6th

11:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Samantha Cespedes, with the Miami Beach Police Criminal Investigative Division, will provide tips on how to find, train and utilize a Crisis response dog, like her companion Liberty.

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

Anthony Prol is a dedicated Miami Beach Firefighter and founder of FireTactic, LLC. He utilizes aerial drones, comprehensive fire safety profiles and immersive 3D experiences (DigitalTwin). He understands the critical role of CERT in disaster preparedness and response. DigitalTwin is a highly accurate virtual representation of a physical environment, created using advanced DigitalTwin hardware and software. It offers a real-time, interactive 3D model that users can navigate virtually.

2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

A trained emergency management and medical professional will show the skills it takes to help apply immediate CPR on a scene. There will be mannequins available for attendees to practice on. This is not a certification course but a demonstration.

Thursday March 7th

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

CERT Instructors and CERT trained volunteers will demonstrate the following skills:

  • Triage (10 minutes) – Triage is the initial assessment and sorting of survivors for treatment based on the severity of their injuries.
  • Wound Care 10 minutes) – The main treatment for wounds includes Controlling Bleeding and Applying dressing and bandage.
  • Tourniquets (10 minutes) – Tourniquets may be a viable option to save a person from bleeding to death. A tourniquet is a tight bandage, which when placed around a limb and tightened, cuts off the blood supply to the part of the limb beyond it.

2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

CERT Instructors will demonstrate the following skills:

  • Leveraging and Cribbing (10 minutes) – Leveraging and Cribbing is used to move and stabilize debris to free survivors.
  • Head to Toe Assessment (10 minutes) – Head to Toe Assessments go beyond the immediate life-threatening injuries to try to determine the nature of the patient’s injury.
  • Extrication Methods (10 minutes) – Survivors may need to be extracted from their current location.