Registration Open for Free Emergency Preparedness Training

Posted: Updated: Jul 28, 2014 10:43 AM

When a major disaster hits, first responders who provide fire and medical services may be delayed due to the high demand. But the Charlottesville, Albemarle, UVA Office of Emergency Management is offering a free course to train people on basic skills so they can help in times of need.

You can still sign up to be part of the 2014 fall Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The national program educates community members about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact central Virginia.

The nine-week course will start on Thursday, September 11.  Each session is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The CERT training will cover topics including disaster preparedness, fire suppression, basic first aid, light search and rescue, team organization, and terrorism awareness. Organizers say the course really teaches participants how to take care of themselves and others until help can arrive. 

“We all learn from each other,” said emergency management coordinator Kirby Felts.  “Everybody has had different experiences with emergencies and the best thing about the class is the sharing and really kind of the community building with the participants in the training.”

There are roles for CERT volunteers after they go through the training. Many have helped out the Charlottesville, Albemarle, UVA Office of Emergency Management by performing tasks such as answering phone calls on the community emergency line or working out in the field with first responders.

Anyone 18 and older can register for this free course.  You can sign up for the CERT training by sending an email to certcville@gmail.com or calling (434) 971-1263.

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