The North Central CERT consortium will provide three days of disaster response training for local volunteers on April 27-29 at Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont. There is no charge for the training. The conference will run on Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday.
This program, titled CERT Training Blitz, is sponsored by the five Emergency Management Agencies from Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties and Terra State Community College. Coordination is provided by Resource Solutions Associates.
This program is intended to serve the Citizen Corps volunteers who make up CERT teams across the region, but it is also open to individuals with an interest in disaster response and Citizen Corps participation. The courses offered include the Basic CERT Course, Damage Assessment, Donations Management, Traffic Control, Emergency Scene Safety, Hazardous Materials Awareness, First Aid and CPR, Volunteer Reception Center Training, and Animal Response. Leadership and Team Building, Flood and Tornado Response and Psychological First Aid round out the three days of courses. Instructors are all disaster response professionals from various areas.
This conference is provided at no charge to area volunteers through a grant from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Citizen Corps Program. Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties all have Citizen Emergency Response Teams, involving over 125 volunteers in the five-county area. Team membership is open to the public. CERT has responded to tornadoes, floods, and other large incidents locally for the past four years.