Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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Overview

Severe weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods and winter storms can cause a great deal of damage to communities, overwhelming emergency responders and in some cases, leaving neighborhoods cut off from outside emergency support.

To help Cary citizens better prepare for weather emergencies, the Town of Cary Fire Department offers free training for a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT training is a Citizens Corps program designed to enable citizens to care for themselves and their neighbors during the first three days following a disaster event.  Participants are educated about disaster preparedness, CERT organization, light search and rescue, medical care, fire extinguisher use and disaster psychology. Class size is limited to 25 participants and is held on a three consecutive day schedule, which is Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and then 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Participants must attend all three days to receive the class certificate.

Next Available Class

The next CERT class will be held June 2-4, 2017. To get information on the upcoming class or to register to attend, please contact Town of Cary Fire Department Community Risk Coordinator Alicia Dismuke at alicia.dismuke@townofcary.org or (919) 460-4958.