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Learn about disaster preparedness and response at upcoming courses

Posted April 18, 2019

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Is your household prepared for a natural disaster? Would you know what to do to help your neighborhood recover?

Fort Worth’s 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.

Free CERT courses will begin in May. The 24-hour course will be conducted over consecutive Tuesday and Thursday nights starting May 7.

The course follows guidelines mandated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Participants will receive a basic CERT course certificate from the Texas Department of Emergency Management that is approved by FEMA and accepted in all 50 states.

To learn more and to apply for Fort Worth CERT courses, visit the CERT website.

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