Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) is encouraging qualified residents to volunteer as members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program. The program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response and recovery skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
“Becoming a CERT member will give you some peace of mind and the knowledge that you’re helping your family, friends and community,” Abrahams said. “Now that we are in the middle of hurricane season, it is important that we have dedicated and well-trained volunteers equipped to handle emergency response wherever it is needed.”
Everyone can help and anyone can be a valuable team member. Becoming a CERT member is interesting, fun and free. Start with Basic Training and build a body of knowledge through ongoing training classes and hands-on exercises.
The next course starts Wednesday, October 10. The course is three hours per class for eight nights, once a week.
Class 1: Wed., Oct. 10 – Intro, Organization, What is CERT?
Class 2: Wed., Oct. 17 – Medical I & II
Class 3: Wed., Oct. 24 – Light Search & Rescue
Class 4: Wed., Oct. 31 – Terrorism, Disaster Psychology
Class 5: Wed., Nov. 7 – Fire suppression and Table Top Exercise
Class 6: Wed., Nov. 14 – Table Top, Human Services
Class 7: Tues., Nov. 20 – Practical Exercise, Radio Operations, all aspects of training
Class 8: Wed., Nov. 28 – Community Outreach and Graduation
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., instruction runs from 7-10 p.m. Classes take place at the Glen Cove Fire House, 10 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove. For information, call (516) 573-0648, or visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OEM/CC/CERT.