NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County residents are encouraged to register for the upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, which begins Thursday, September 13. CERT training is designed to provide basic training in disaster preparedness, increasing the ability of citizens to assist their family and neighbors in an emergency situation.
CERT Training is free for residents, and is a partnership between New Hanover County Emergency Management and Cape Fear Community College. Courses include disaster preparedness, fire safety, medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology, and emergency skills.
“It is important for everyone in our community to understand how to prepare for a disaster, so that you can keep yourself and your family safe,” said Emergency Management and 911 Director Steven Still. “The CERT Training prepares you to be self-sufficient in an emergency using hands-on practice and realistic exercises.”
The county’s CERT Training will last eight weeks with classes on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m., along with a disaster simulation exercise on Saturday, October 27. All classes will be conducted at the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center, located at 220 Government Center Drive in Wilmington.
A full list of training dates and more information can be viewed here. Citizens can register by calling the county’s Emergency Management staff at 910-798-6900.
Communications & Outreach Coordinator