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CERT Class Offered Saturdays in November

cert logoCommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will be held this Fall at the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department. This class is free and open to adults and teens. CERT educates people about disaster preparedness for 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. Participants will receive a free CERT backpack. Class dates and times are:

                                                      November 2nd: 9:00 am – 3:00 PM

                                                      November 9th: 9:00 am – 3:00 PM

                                                      November 16th: 9:00 am – 3:00 PM

                                                         

                                     Class size is limited. Call 573-883-7411 to register.

A Community Emergency Response Team is a ready group of organized and trained volunteer disaster workers that operates at the neighborhood level.

They are prepared to be self-sustaining for five days following a large disaster.

When disaster strikes, CERT volunteers spring into action: they check on neighbors, suppress small fires, conduct light urban search and rescue, and provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort to their neighbors.

In the post-disaster environment, CERT members organize and direct spontaneous volunteers who offer to assist in the community during the crisis. CERTs may also be called upon to help in other areas during emergencies even when their own neighborhood is not impacted. The CERT Program prepares these volunteers with 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training. The training is provided by volunteer subject matter experts such as firefighters, EMTs, Emergency Managers and building safety personnel.