Sample CERT exam questions

February 19, 2007

The following questions appeared on a final exam taken Sunday by CERT training participants:

1. Maryland is susceptible to the following disasters:

a. Floods, tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes and sinkholes

b. Blizzards, droughts, floods and volcanic activity

c. Floods, tornadoes, volcanic activity and blizzards

d. Blizzards, tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanic activity

2. CERT members place victims into three categories:

a. Critical, minor and dead

b. Immediate, delayed and dead

c. Critical, delayed and dead


d. Immediate, critical and dead

3. The three life-threatening conditions known as the "killers" are:

a. Opening the airway, controlling excessive bleeding and treating for shock

b. Inadequate medical size-up, no team plan and no goal

c. Effective deployment or resources, information and documentation

d. Airway obstruction, bleeding and shock

4. Upon arrival on the disaster scene, the first consideration of a CERT member is:

a. How many victims are there?

b. Is there a fire?

c. Is the scene safe?

d. Is my family safe?

5. A method to control most bleeding is:

a. Apply direct local pressure

b. Elevation of the extremity

c. Apply direct pressure to a pressure point

d. All of the above


1. a

2. b

3. d

4. c

5. d

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