HENRY COUNTY, GA – January 7, 2019 – Do you know what to do in the event of a natural, environmental or man-made emergency? Are you someone who wants to take a leadership role in helping your community when disaster strikes?
The Henry County Emergency Management Agency is looking for volunteers to be a part of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and is pleased to offer the next free CERT Course starting January 14, 2020.
The eight-week course is held each Tuesday through March 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and will cover topics such as disaster preparedness; medical operations; light search and rescue operations; disaster psychology; team organization; basic fire suppression and terrorism awareness.
The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which in turn, allows Emergency Responders to focus on more complex tasks.
Henry County’s Community Emergency Response Team Program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that the community may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises CERT members:
• Learn how to safely respond to man-made and natural hazards
• Help organize basic disaster response
• Promote preparedness by hosting and participating in community events
For more information or to register for the class, please contact Henry County Emergency Management Specialist Robert Swanson at RSwanson@co.henry.ga.us or call 770-288-7890.