BERT – Emergency Operations public agency training program is designed as a survival and recovery action plan.

In a systemic emergency such as a earthquake, hurricane, fire, or flood, first responder resources will quickly be taxed to their limits.

BERT organizational principals teach several practical responses to an emergency, such as organization and deployment of large scale employee resources, using buddy systems to protect their own safety during incidents, and practical application strategies for documenting situation and resource status for proper transition to First Responders when they arrive.

Proper documentation is taught as critical for potential reimbursement or relief aid from disaster agencies, post-incident.

Those agencies that have chosen to not only prepare properly with an understanding of what an emergency looks and feels like from within, are those that have made the paradigm shift in thought to be able to react to a dynamic situation, and will recover more quickly.  Fewer losses will result in a faster return to public service.

The following is an ideal situation for a fully-prepared organization. Starting with Emergency Operations Managers, Scribes and Section Chiefs will effectively begin the process of moving into an implemented program and culture of safety.   See:   Org Chart.  Extensive training throughout the company can come with time.

The first step is to identify Teams:  BERT uses OSHA VPP and FEMA recommendations of a 5:1 ratio. There should be one Certified person with five individuals on a BERT-team.   Each team should have an administrative scribe.  No team leader should ever have more than five people reporting to him/her)

1- Identify one overall Emergency Operations Manager & Scribe per shift (with redundancy).

2- Identify Section Team leaders (& scribes with redundancy):  Administration, Operations, Medical  (No more than two others as appropriate.)

3- All other employees to be divided into teams of six being led by a certified individual.

4- Each team to be assigned to a Section Team.

5- Managers and Team Leaders to take on line certification course and become certified through  See below.

6- Monthly each team focuses on one aspect of emergency training with the specific focus to their expertise or assignment.

7-  For individual team leaders and scribes completing the course:

  1. Choose ENGLISH or SPANISH on-line recovery training.
  2. Purchase Course  (Prior arrangements with appropriate discounts can be made)
  3. Return to Course Description
  4. Complete Course Modules; take copious notes
  5. Return to Course Description
  6. Print Certificate
  7. Share with immediate family members.   Note:  It is available for up to five immediate family members for 30-days.
  8. Implement the program