Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Announcement of CERT Training Classes Starting Soon

New Class Begins

To accommodate those whose schedules are overwhelmed in January, the Community Emergency Response Training previously scheduled for January 9 has been shifted to February 6, 2008.

Class will meet at Piedmont Virginia Community College in the North Mall Meeting Room (Room 228) of the Main building. Parking is available in Lot 2 and Lot 3. No parking permit is necessary.

If you have previously completed CERT, kindly use this opportunity to encourage your friends and family to enroll. To enroll, email or phone 434-971-1263.

The class begins at 7:00 p.m. and runs for a total of eight weeks. Each class takes about 2 hours. Feel free to forward this to others who may be interested.

As a reminder, this is what you’ll learn:

  • February 6: Disaster Preparedness
  • February 13: Fire Suppression
  • February 20: Disaster Medical Operations, Part 1
  • February 27: Disaster Medical Operation, Part 2
  • March 5: Search & Rescue
  • March 12: Disaster Psychology & Team Organization
  • March 19: Terrorism
  • March 26: Practical Exercise

In the interim before class begins, you may find the new website interesting.

Missing a Class?

If you missed just one class in a previous session or need to complete the practical exercise, please email and we'll hold a seat for you. Certificates and CERT ID badges are distributed at the completion of the practical exercise.

Volunteer Opportunity

In addition, here is an opportunity to assist the community, in the event of winter weather. Any CERT member willing to assist with transportation of election officers on Virginia primary election day, February 12, please directly contact:

Jake Washburne, General Registrar
County Dept of Voter Registration and Elections

Thanks for all your support of Charlottesville-UVa-Albemarle Community Emergency Response Training.

Wynn Gravely Toms
Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Community Emergency Response Team

Consider this my encouragement to all of you to check out the program and see if it's something you might find a benefit from. If you're not local to me, you can find out more about a program in your area at the CitizenCorps website. Your level of commitment is up to you! I'll post more about my chainsaw training day another time. :)

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