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A stocked CERT kit is important to every volunteer in case they are activated. Volunteers receive a basic CERT kit upon completion of training.  Here are other items to place in your kit, or to take should you be activated.

This updated list has been provided by the GTCERT Lutz Team! Many thanks for a job well done!

  • Cert Vest and Helmet
  • CERT ID; CERT shirt, hat and other ID
  • Cert forms/handbook - a waterproof one is the best option
  • Headlamps for helmet
  • A safety light for back of helmet (a bike light works great)
  • Cell phone &/or pager with contact numbers
  • Wear sturdy shoes and long pants- preferably ones that can withstand the debris
  • Change of clothes and an extra pair of socks
  • Water and personal snacks - a backpack hydration system is a great option.
  • Money, including a small amount of change
  • Mosquito repellent with DEET
  • Sunscreen - preferably 30 SPF or greater
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medicines prescribed to you:
    • Diabetics: insulin and supplies, snacks, hard candies, etc. as you may be doing physical work beyond your everyday activities.
    • Asthmatics: Bring your 'Rescue Inhaler/MDI'
    • Allergies: There may be a lot of dust and debris, so if you have allergies, take your allergy medication before you head out.
    • All other medical conditions: Please take your medicine before you leave home or bring it with you in its labeled container.
    • Tylenol or Ibuprofen is also nice to have
  • Map
  • Pen, Markers & Paper- all-weather paper is nice to have
  • Safety Glasses- have a back-up set if possible
  • Work Gloves - 2 pairs preferred
  • Leatherman tool - multipurpose tool with a knife, preferably one that has a knife you can operate one-handed
  • Ear plugs (have extras whenever possible)
  • Flashlights
  • Lumbar crayon/SAR Marker
  • Whistle with a d-ring or a hook to the vest
  • Blanket(s)
  • Plastic bags - for trash and biohazards
  • Caution/hazards tape
  • "On Duty" 4 in 1 gas and water shut-off, digger, and pry bar
  • Rope
  • Shovel- a fold-up or multi-purpose shovel is a better option
  • Duct tape
  • Waterproof matches
  • Triage tags
  • Basic first aid kit including: Tongue Depressors, band-aids, triangular bandages, gauze rolls and squares (both sterile and unsterile), mylar blanket, gloves, various rolls of tape, safety pins, personal protective equipment (PPE)

Recommended/Nice to have equipment

  • A backup gear bag that is easy to carry essential equipment
  • Rain gear
  • Reflective traffic control gloves
  • Emergency radio/ weather hazards radio- battery operated
  • All Members Ham Radio
  • Generator
  • GPS
  • Light sticks- various colors
  • Shaker or windup flashlight and radio
  • Iodine or alternative way to clean water
  • Tarp(s)
  • Cribbing
  • 4 foot pinch Bars
  • Bolt Cutters
  • Team tool kit
  • Hand or hack saw
  • Chain Saws
  • Saws all
  • Pry bars (short &/or long)
  • SAR full kits
  • Advanced Medical Kits
  • AED
  • Evac Roll Stretchers
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarms
  • Cots
  • Coolers

Extra Medical Equipment (a basic kit is fine unless you have additional training)

  • Band-Aids with cleaner for wounds and scrapes and a topical anti-bacterial cream
  • Bandage scissors (trauma-shears)
  • Gauze pads (4X4, 3X3, 2X2) sterile
  • Splints-can be made from cardboard boxes
  • Rolled gauze and bandages (sterile and non-sterile)
  • Abdominal pads
  • Rolls of ace bandages or athletic wraps
  • Triangular brace bandages
  • Gloves- latex and non-latex
  • Alcohol wipes and hand wipes
  • Various rolls of tape
  • Thermal (mylar) blanket
  • CPR masks
  • Safety pins
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Hot & Cold packs

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