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Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are trained to take care of themselves and then help others in their communities for the first three days following a disaster. This is when debris-clogged or damaged roads, disrupted communications or high volume of calls may prevent access by emergency response personnel.
A community is any group of people; it can be a village or town, the teachers in a school or the staff at a nursing home. It could be the employees of a business or members of a local service club. A community is any group of people united by some commonality. Any one of these communities will benefit from CERT training.
The Community Emergency Response Team course consists of 21 hours of training. It can be taken during the week or over one weekend. Classes are taught by professionally trained instructors selected from emergency responders including firefighters, emergency medical and law enforcement personnel.
The course agenda includes a range of critically important areas. A working knowledge of these areas can save lives both at home and in the community!