NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County residents are encouraged to register for the upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, which begins Thursday, March 15. CERT training is designed to provide basic training in disaster preparedness, increasing the ability of citizens to assist their family and neighbors in an emergency situation.
CERT Training is free for residents, and is a partnership between New Hanover County Emergency Management and Cape Fear Community College. Courses include disaster preparedness, fire safety, medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology, and emergency skills.
“The more people we have in our community who are self-sufficient, the less demand on our first responders,” said Emergency Management Director Steven Still. “The CERT Training provides hands-on practice and realistic exercises that prepare residents for an emergency, so they can also assist their friends and family.”
The county’s CERT Training will last eight weeks with classes on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m., along with a disaster simulation exercise on Saturday, April 28. All classes will be conducted at the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center, located at 220 Government Center Drive in Wilmington.
A full list of training dates and more information can be viewed here. Citizens can register by calling the county’s Emergency Management staff at 910-798-6900.