Welcome to our blog

Monday, 15 July 2019 09:39
Paul Cull Paul Cull

Welcome to the Community Response Consultants blog.

As I have worked with vulnerable communities in developing nations for many years, and helped to develop and implement Community-Based Disaster Response Teams and Community Emergency Response Teams, I hope to share some of this experience in these blog posts. I plan on discussing the techniques, tools and strategies that have been most helpful in working with adult and youth-based Disk Reduction Reduction projects.

In 2003 I founded a Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) project in an impoverished community in the city of Nova Friburgo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the assistance of the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which provided the course material that I was able to translate and utilise. Following a major landslide disaster in the Mountainous Region of Rio in January 2011, the CERT training was included in a Risk Disaster Reduction project that was funded by the European Commission and I had the opportunity to work with Care International and Save The Children to teach CERT courses to community groups and schools in three cities in the region. I later founded an entity called CERT Brasil to continue holding courses in schools and communities, primarily in the city of Nova Friburgo.

In March 2013 I had the opportunity to complete the CERT Train-the-Trainer and Programme Manager courses at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg - MD, and the following year I taught the basic CERT course to faith-based groups in Abilene - TX and Pemba, Mozambique. In 2018 I was invited to train volunteers and instructors in Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and Belize, and in early 2019 trained a group of Brazilian instructors who then assisted with a CERT course in Nova Friburgo and helped teach CERT Disaster Medical Operations to over 500 victims of a mining dam collapse in Brazil.

In addition to the CERT programme, I have worked on other Community-Based Disaster Risk Management initiatives, including community-level disaster response plans and Community Emergency Hubs.

I look forward to sharing some more about these experiences in future posts on this blog.

- Paul