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Invitation to Emergency Response Training
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted March 28, 2014

Individuals are being sought who are willing to volunteer during times of need. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using their training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and can take a more active role in preparing their communities.

During a disaster, emergency services personnel may not be able to reach everyone immediately. Specialized training and skills learned as a CERT volunteer enable them to assist local emergency responders when needed.

CERT certification requires the completion of 20 hours of classroom and practical application, and the training is FREE. The first class will consist of all classroom work: What emergency preparedness means for the individual and family. Identification of hazards that threaten the community, and disaster psychology. The second day of training will consist of some classroom work and hands-on practical application such as: CERT team organization and activation; disaster medical operations I & II, and light search and rescue operations. The third and final day of training will consist of class time followed by an exercise to test what has been taught including fire suppression and a disaster simulation.

The next CERT Training is scheduled for April 11, 12 and 19 in the cultural hall of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 41301 FM 3159, Startzville, TX 78133. This facility has been designated as an emergency shelter in time of need. The maximum number of attendees is 25. You are free to invite family, friends and neighbors.

Missed portions of the training can be made up at later training offerings. However, participants who do not complete the full 20 hours of training are not considered CERT certified and will not be activated during a disaster or emergency. The final class on Saturday, April 19 will be a course review and a disaster simulation. For more information and registration, call Russell Clark at 210-748-7046.

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