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Apply now for upcoming CERT classes to train for disaster response

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on August 3, 2018

Hernando County Emergency Management is seeking volunteers over the age of 18 who are interested in joining the Hernando County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT volunteers receive special training which enhances their ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster situation. As an organized team, they provide vital services in the absence of emergency responders whose arrival may be delayed due to the severity of the event.

The next training class will run seven consecutive Wednesday evenings:

September 5, 2018 – Disaster Preparedness. Team organization

September 12, 2018 – Disaster Fire Suppression

September 19, 2018 – Disaster Medical 1

September 26, 2018 – Disaster Medical 2

October 3, 2018 – Light Search and Rescue

October 10, 2018 – Disaster Psychology, Terrorism and CERT

October 17, 2018 – Disaster Drill

Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center located at 18900 Cortez Blvd., in Brooksville.

Previous emergency experience is not required. Training materials are provided free of charge. CERT members will be required to complete all modules and pass a level 2 background check (including fingerprints) before being issued equipment and an ID.

Applications can be found at http://www.hernandocounty.us/home/showdocument?id=3036 and must be received by the close of business on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Please email completed applications to [email protected] or mail them to the Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, Florida 34601.

Call Emergency Management at (352) 754-4083 for more information.

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