NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County residents are encouraged to register for the upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, which begins Tuesday, October 5, and is being offered both in-person and virtually. 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.
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 basic disaster response skills taught by professional firefighters, EMS personnel, and other emergency responders.
“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 Director Steven Still. “The CERT Training prepares our residents using hands-on practices and realistic exercises, teaching them to safely and promptly care for themselves, their families, and their neighbors during an emergency. This upcoming course will be offered both in-person and virtually so that anyone in our community can participate while continuing to keep safety at the forefront.”
The county’s CERT Training will last seven consecutive weeks, beginning on Tuesday, October 5, with classes on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. All seven classes can be attended in person (with masks required) or virtually. In addition, an in-person disaster simulation exercise will be held on Saturday, October 27.
Registration information and a full list of fall 2021 training dates can be viewed here.