The Gadsden/ Etowah County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class beginning October 22.
The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the 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. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks.
Classes will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on October 22, 24, 29 and November 5 and 7 at the University of Alabama, Gadsden.
“CERT is a great opportunity for citizens to help their friends, neighbors and community,” EMA Director Deborah Gaither said. “The training received will also allow members to provide first responders with accurate, concise and critical information during a disaster.”
The class is free and all course materials are provided. For more information, contact the EMA at 256-549-4575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.