Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
class for HWC members, family, and friends
So what is CERT? CERT educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their areas and trains them in basic response skills such as disaster medical operations, search and rescue, and fire safety. Using the skills learned, CERT volunteers can assist their families and neighbors after a disaster/emergency when professional first responders are not immediately available to help. Training typically consists of approximately 25 hours of combined lecture and hands-on training, usually taught over 7-8 sessions. The attached file, CERT_Intro_for_HWC_final.pdf, gives an overview of the program. The course is free (though we ask for a $15 donation to fund ongoing CERT exercises) and includes a CERT backpack filled with basic supplies.
We are tentatively planning to hold a class at St. Timothy’s on October 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26 from 7pm – 10pm. To graduate, you may miss no more than one class, so check your calendars! Once trained, you are able to take a host of other useful continuing education classes, such as CPR and First Aid, all free of charge.
If you would be interested in attending the class and are able to make the classes on those dates, please send a reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
and let me know. If you have friends or family who would like to take the class with you, please let me know that as well so we can get a good head count.
Interested but can’t make those dates? We will be starting up CERT classes in other county locations later this summer and through the fall. Just check www.fairfaxcountycert.com for details.
Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I hope to see many of you in October!
Congrats to Carol, Fermina, and Julie on successfully completing their Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training! The three concluded their 20 hours of training last night with a full scale disaster exercise at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church last night. They successfully assessed the situation (the aftermath of a hurricane that had spawned some tornadoes); identified hazards; and searched for, rescued and treated victims, all while keeping themselves safe. Welcome to the CERT community, ladies!