CERT Training Opportunity: Help Your Family, Your Neighbors. Are You Ready?
People at the federal, state, county and town levels may have elaborate plans in place to deal with disasters, but it is on a block by block basis with neighbors helping neighbors that we will really be most safe lessening the burden on our first responders, our volunteer firefighters, EMTs and police. You can learn simple skills to help your family and your neighbors prepare, respond, and recover from a disaster.
The next opportunity to train to be a Newport CERT member will begin on Tuesday, February 18 from 5:30p.m. until about 8:00 p.m. Classes will run every Tuesday evening for seven weeks, ending April 12th. Now, if you must miss a class, you may make it up, usually at another site around the county.
What Would You Learn?
Volunteers are taught to make sure that they have followed basic emergency preparedness in their own homes first so that if called upon they can fan out to help the larger community if an emergency occurs, knowing that their families are safe. The training guide that was given to each CERT trainee spells out a long list of items that a home disaster supply kit should contain. All of the participants will learn a tremendous amount of information that they would apply at home and at the workplace.
The course also touches on fire safety, emergency medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology, terrorism and specific facts about various types of hazards and emergency events. CERT graduates know that while they have learned much valuable information, what they have learned is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dealing with disasters. Team members are encouraged to expand upon their training in areas such as advanced first aid, community relations, CPR, automated external defibrillator use, debris removal, donations management and shelter management.
Trainees are given a disaster bag packed with necessary items that they might need to assist in an emergency.
Call Melanie at the Newport Fire Department to register. 541-265-9461.