What would you do in the event of an earthquake, tornado or other natural disaster? Do you have the skills and training to handle emergencies unitl emergency responders arrive? What can YOU do to protect yourself, your family, your neighborhood, your community?
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training is the answer and it is convenient, available and FREE!
CERT training provides critical skills in emergency prepardness and response. Trained CERT residents can help our community by helping emergency responders save lives and protect property working as a team. (Excellent information on the CERT program is available at www.mscema.org (click on the CERT tab).
CERT Training is conveniently available. Available CERT training schdules include (Lakeland residents are welcome):
Bartlett Fire Department sessons are:
- February 16 and 23 at Bartlett United Methodist Church
-March 8 and 15 at the Bartlett Station Municipal Center in Community Room A.
Asst. Chief Danny Baxter may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 385-5536 for enrollment information. (Bartlett residents have first priority on classes.)
Memphis and Shelby County Emergency Management Agency session
March 8 – 9
April 12 and 19
May 3 – 4
June 21 - 22
July 19 and 26
August 9 and 16
September 20 and 27
October 11 and 18
Information is available at www.mscema.org and click on the CERT link or call Wendy Cantrell at 515-2605. These classes are held at 79 South Flicker Street in the upstairs classroom.
The Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Management Agency may have group lessons available for a REAL impact on the community!
What is CERT?
CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an incident, emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property, including your own. Classes generally are held on two days.
As a member of a CERT team, you can respond to disasters, participate in drills and exercises, and take additional training. CERT teams are known and trusted resources to emergency responders and their communities.
How does CERT help the community?
In addition to supporting emergency responders during a disaster, the CERT program builds strong working relationships between emergency responders and the people they serve. CERT teams also help the community year-round by helping with community emergency plans, neighborhood exercises, preparedness outreach, fire safety education, and workplace safety.
The benefits of CERT training
CERT training takes about 20 hours to complete and provides critical skills in emergency preparedness and response. Participants learn how to:
- Identify and anticipate hazards
- Reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace
- Extinguish small fires
- Assist emergency responders
- Conduct light search and rescue
- Set up medical treatment areas
- Apply basic medical techniques
- Help reduce survivor stress
Who should take CERT training?
· People interested in taking an active role in hometown preparedness
· Neighborhood Watch groups
· Community leaders
· Communities of faith
· Teachers and administrators
· Members of clubs and civic organizations