WEST NEWBURY — How prepared are you to cope if disaster strikes your neighborhood?
It’s not too late to sign up to become part of the Community Emergency Response Team. A free three-week, 18-hour CERT training course starts April 23 at the West Newbury Public Safety Complex. The emergency preparedness classes run on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. through May 28.
Trainees learn what hazards are most likely to impact their community and how to be better prepared for dealing with them. Other items discussed include: fire extinguishment and medical operations during a disaster, disaster psychology, search and rescue and team organization.
With this training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available. CERT training provides people with the decision-making, organizational, and practical skills needed to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors and associates while waiting for help.
This free program is open to anyone 18 years or older or 16-plus years with parental permission. To learn more, contact West Newbury’s Emergency Management Agency director Lee Ann Delp at firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-363-1103.