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CERT



While it may not take place on a large scale very often, disasters and emergencies do happen in Delaware County, Indiana.

Most all emergencies, a victim or a bystander provides the first immediate assistance on the scene, rendering first aid or calling 911.

That's why the Delaware County EMA and Indiana Department of Homeland Security are partnering, courtesy of a grant received by Delaware County EMA, in a series ofCommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT)workshops.

The workshops are be beneficial to individuals, families, neighborhood groups and companies.

People who attend CERT training will achieve a better understanding of threats to their home, workplace and community and will also be able to step in and help local first responders in the event an emergency is overwhelming.

Because everyday people are usually the first on the scene of vehicle and workplace incidents, those with CERT training will be able to provide useful aid and information to first responders when they arrive.

CERT members will learn basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, search and rescue, and some medical techniques.

There will be multiple opportunities to take part in this potentially life-saving training provided by, Delaware County EMA.

Community leaders, business owners and employees, manufacturing facility representatives, educational leaders, volunteer organizations, parents, faith-based groups, county and city employees, utility workers and anyone with a desire to participate are encouraged to sign up.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)Program educates people about disaster preparedness for 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. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

To register for the free class, or to host the training class with 15 or more students, send an email with a name, any company or organization a person represents, and a phone number to be contacted at to staylor@co.delaware.in.us