George Kenney will be teaching a series of Community Engagement Response Training (CERT) trainings throughout the year and they are free for the public to attend. These trainings do not have to be taken in order, take one, some, or all.

  • November 3-4: Drill Scenarios
  • December 7-8: CERT Chapters 1-3
  • January 11-12: CERT Chapters 4-6
  • February 1-2: CERT Chapters 7-9
  • March 2-3: Drill Scenarios
  • April 6-7: Drill Searches
  • May 4-5: Drill Bomb Threat

Times: All Thursday classes will be held from 3:30pm-5:30 p.m. Friday classes are held from 3pm-5pm.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.

At the same time, the CERT program was designed as a grassroots initiative and specifically structured so that the local and state program managers have the flexibility to form their programs in the way that best suits their communities. CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during non-emergency events as well. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide, with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program.

FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team Program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members: learn how to safely respond to man-made and natural hazards, help organize basic disaster response, and promote preparedness by hosting and participating in community events.

For more information contact George Kenney at 834-1670.

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Posted on: October 6, 2017