Individuals can learn about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and basic disaster response skills at Community Emergency Response Team training at the North Mercer School. The free training will begin the evening of March 25th from 5 o’clock to 8:30 and include three subsequent training will be held on Wednesday evenings for a total of 16 instruction hours. The training is open to North Mercer School District patrons, and high school students are encouraged to attend.
CERT training is a national program and enables individuals to carry their training with them to any community. CERT members can use training learned in the classroom and during exercises to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace after an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Successful graduates will receive a backpack with emergency responder items, such as a hardhat, gloves, safety vests and glasses, and first aid items.
Contact Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency Director Dennis Goldsmith to reserve a spot for the CERT training at the North Mercer School at 660-265-5619. Reserving a seat for the class starting March 25th will not commit someone to attend the class, but it will ensure enough material will be ordered for prospective attendees.