POCOMOKE – Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) officials invite area residents to train to help in times of disaster.
WCES in cooperation with Worcester County Volunteer Services and Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross will offer the seven-week course Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) at the YMCA in Pocomoke on Wednesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. beginning Jan. 12.
CERT is federally funded through the Citizen Corps Program, and classes are free to all residents. The program is designed to train community members to assist in the event of a catastrophic disaster while awaiting Emergency Service personnel.
Training includes basic lifesaving skills such as CPR/AED, First Aid and fire suppression. It also prepares participants to recognize both natural and manmade hazards. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to create disaster plans and supply kits and aid in responding to hazardous material emergencies.
CERT is a hands-on, educational program packed with information to equip residents, who have no prior emergency medical training, with the decision-making and practical skills necessary to effectively and efficiently offer immediate assistance to those in need until further help can arrive.
Those who successfully complete the training will receive CPR and First Aid certification through the American Red Cross along with CERT certification.
During the course instructors will provide information on hazards typical to Worcester County, hazardous materials in the home and the National Incident Management System. Instruction is geared to help residents better prepare and survive the first 36 to 72 hours following a catastrophe when local first responder resources are stretched to their limits.
Space is limited to 25 individuals and is available on a first come, first served basis. For more info or to register, contact Volunteer Services Manager Cyndy Howell at 410-632-5656 or register online at www.redcrosslowershore.org.